Features, PublicNet: 27 February, 2015

In this feature Nigel Crunden explores the wider issues of public sector procurement beyond the process of acquiring goods, works and services.

The UK public sector spends around £23bn each year on the procurement of goods, works and services, which accounts for around a third of overall public sector expenditure. Public sector procurement is therefore a business function that directly impacts on performance and, ultimately, the service offered to end users.

Consequently, procurement decisions and processes have a major influence on best practice across a range of government departments and functions. Therefore, focusing on value for money and efficiency can help ensure that this influence is a positive one. By leading in this way, public procurement can also influence firms’ future investment decisions in equipment, jobs and training. The individual supply chain partners of government departments can play a major role in helping achieve this – indeed, those suppliers that don’t already should be challenging themselves to provide added-value advice and guidance over and above simply providing products and services.

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