Effective public sector procurement should not just tick a compliance box. Finding the right supplier needs the devotion of expertise, time and resource. Only then can you ensure the continuity of service or product supply and mitigate risks in your supply chain.
Procuring goods or services for government departments, agencies and public bodies in the public sector can be a complex process. There are guidelines, policies and governance to adhere to and internal processes and procedures to follow.
This can lead to lengthy and costly procurement processes.
At eXceeding, we have a team of category experts who are dedicated to public sector procurement support. We understand the steps it takes to manage a fully compliant Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015) procurement process.
To drive faster, flexible and compliant procurement in the public sector, we are delivering the Constellia Neutral Vendor Solution for construction, works and goods under the AEC Framework for Multi-Specialism Services.
Public sector procurement is responsible for some of the highest levels of spend in the economy, which is paid for by the UK taxpayer. So it goes without saying that public sector tenders are subject to much stricter rules and rigorous governance. Critically that spend comes from public funds – meaning that the way in which money is spent on goods and services is scrutinised, to ensure the best possible value for money for the public purse.
Transparency is therefore a key part of the public sector tender process and any department, office or authority should be seen to be open and upfront with potential tenderers. As part of any invitation to tender (or ITT), organisations must clearly state conditions for participation, selection criteria, award criteria and the reasons why tenderers were successful or unsuccessful.
There is also a requirement for notices of all procurements over an agreed contract value to be published to an online government system – now Find a Tender (FTS) – to ensure fair and open procurement for all. With penalties set for non-compliance, there is a high level of responsibility placed on public sector departments when procuring supplies, services or works.
It is clear from these challenges that any public sector procurement exercise must be treated with care and carried out by informed parties who understand its complexities and who will follow a robust and totally auditable process.
We know the word ‘consultancy’ can be a hard sell in the public sector. Contrary to the perception of those who see it as a waste of money, buying expensive external resource to do work you could perform in-house, public sector consultancy offers organisations the chance to deliver resource in a much more efficient way.
The great news is that procuring through public sector frameworks, such as the Constellia Neutral Vendor Solution via the AEC Neutral Vendor Framework, means you will be able to benefit from eXceeding’s considerable public sector procurement consultancy and delivery support at zero cost.
We understand how to advise contracting authorities on all aspects of their procurement processes, consider public sector frameworks where appropriate and ensure that a compliant and auditable process is followed every time, whilst getting the desired best practice outcomes.
We have a wide range of proven experience in public sector procurement consultancy such as Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, CRFCA (part of the MoD), Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council, ECMWF, HASSRA, and Origin Housing. Our government procurement consultants know what is needed for you to acquire your services, supplies or works under the scrutiny of compliance, transparency and value for money.
We provide full public sector procurement support, offering any or all of a full 360° service:
No matter what your requirements, we work with you to facilitate access to new products, services, efficiencies, innovations and markets. With all our clients, we take the time to properly analyse and define your requirements so that you can be confident that the proposed solutions and best practice guidance are tailored, and achievable, for your specific needs.
We have a team of experienced and highly knowledgeable consultants that can help you with your complex public sector needs.