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Procurement

Well-managed procurement means high quality, better value public services

Public procurement in the UK costs £220 billion per year. Improving the efficiency of procurement is a key part of the government’s drive to cut public spending. As the industry body representing many of the companies which supply services to the public sector, recommending reforms is central to our work.

Effective procurement is about getting the right balance between standardisation and flexibility. Standardisation of certain processes can reduce procurement timescales which benefits both contractors and the taxpayer through lower costs. Flexibility in procurements which require greater sensitivity to local contexts can unlock private sector innovation.

We work across local and central government, and the European Union, to promote better procurement through responding to consultations, publishing reports and meeting with key stakeholders.

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