Good procurement - or purchasing - of goods and services by government ensures the public gets the right services they need with good outcomes and value for money for the taxpayer
All public bodies are under pressure to reduce spending, but they still need to maintain important services which people need. By procuring - spending - more effectively, the public sector can positively change the way many services operate. But that does require improved procurement skills and strong leadership to bring about change. It also means working more closely with providers from the private and third sectors as well as existing public sector providers.
There have been significant changes in the public sector procurement landscape in recent years, but there is still much that can be done to improve it. CBI wants to see the reform process spread across all parts of government to ensure a more effective and mutually beneficial approach that maximises the value of public spending and delivers better results for the public and private sector. The upcoming EU Procurement Directive should help reduce the complexity of many procurements and lower the costs all round.
We welcome the Government's commitment to improving access for SMEs to public sector contracts. In our submission to the Cabinet Office current consultation, we say that the best route to support SMEs is for government to ensure its procurement practices are more consistent for all stakeholders and to recognise the interdependence of large and small firms in delivery many important public sector contracts.
Our submission to the Communities and Local Government department's consultation on local government procurement highlights the important role of local authorites in using procurement to develop diverse, competitive public sector markets in which SMEs can thrive and get the targeted support they need to deliver a wider range of contracts..
News and publications
CBI responds to Government launch of SME procurement consultation
The CBI welcomed the Government launch of a consultation to make SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) procurement more accessible
CBI comments on new NHS procurement strategy
The CBI commented on the launch of a new NHS Procurement Strategy, by the Health Minister, Dr Dan Poulter
CBI comments on new centralised government procurement service
The CBI commented on the creation of a new Crown Commercial Service, to centralise Government procurement
CBI comments on new code of conduct for PFI/PPP contracts
The CBI responded to the Government launch of a new code of conduct for operational Public Finance Initiatives (PFI) and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs)
CBI responds to Government announcement on efficiency savings
The CBI responded to a Government announcement that it has made £10 billion in efficiency savings since 2009/10
CBI responds to government defence procurement plans
The CBI responded to a statement from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on the Defence Materiel Strategy
CBI responds to NAO report on police procurement
The CBI responded to a report by the National Audit Office on police procurement
CBI comments on NAO report on improving government procurement
The CBI responded to a National Audit Office (NAO) Report on Improving Government Procurement
CBI gives evidence to Parliament on procurement reforms
The CBI have given evidence to the Public Administration Select Comittee on the performance of government procurement, highlighting the need to speed up the implementation of the Government's policy goals
CBI comments on MOD Defence Equipment Plan
The CBI commented on the publication of a 10-year Defence Equipment Plan by the Ministry of Defence