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Over the last five years, organisations have sought to maximise the benefits gained from procurement.
“Smart Procurement” is seen as the key to unlocking greater savings in securing access to products and services.
The delivery of services from Infrastructural asset relies on effective operations and maintenance along with timely renewals and improvements. Much of this work is out-sourced and a variety of procurement methodologies exist.
Appling a business case approach, we will examine if we really are that ‘smart’ in what we are doing as a sector.
- What really is value for money?
- Are we compromising long-term issues as we chase the best value for money option?
- Does our behaviour reflect the style of contract we negotiated?
- Are our organisations’ objectives and our procurement processes aligned?
This paper is intended to challenge our views of how we procure and will consider the role and comments of contractors, consultants, local authorities and central government organisations.