Council updates its contract procurement rules

Council updates its contract procurement rules

Council updates its contract procurement rules

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Hertsmere Borough Council has changed its contract procedure rules to ensure local suppliers get a good opportunity to quote for services. 

The council agreed the changes at a full council meeting. It means that for procurements of less than £20,000, the council will invite quotations from local suppliers wherever possible.

The purpose of these procedure rules is to ensure that any procurement process for services, works or goods achieves best value and is transparent, open and fair making it possible for all decisions to be audited satisfactorily.

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2:13pm Sat 24 May 14

ram says...

I'm a great believer in trying to use local companies. One of the big problems of procurement with public money is that services are normally bundled together so local businesses still miss out and transparency, openness & fairness are lost.

In construction for example a main contractor is normally given the whole project and then splits packages to who they want, invariably not local (bricklayers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians etc.)

Another example is facilities management where security, cleaners, maintenance etc. are bought as a single contract - what local businesses can compete with that? Which is why we see the usual suspects - Mitie, Interserve, Kier, Cofely and so on. Does this really provide the best value?
I'm a great believer in trying to use local companies. One of the big problems of procurement with public money is that services are normally bundled together so local businesses still miss out and transparency, openness & fairness are lost. In construction for example a main contractor is normally given the whole project and then splits packages to who they want, invariably not local (bricklayers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians etc.) Another example is facilities management where security, cleaners, maintenance etc. are bought as a single contract - what local businesses can compete with that? Which is why we see the usual suspects - Mitie, Interserve, Kier, Cofely and so on. Does this really provide the best value? ram
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