Action F1: Supporting innovation, SME and development of new markets through public procurement

BCC Procurement Services is reviewing the council’s procurement and tendering processes with the aim to make tendering easier for suppliers, to nurture innovation in the market place and ensure procurement of services is linked to supporting local regeneration. Procurement of complex services will use an outcome-based approach that favours generation of social value, local requirements and innovation.  Adopting ‘small lot provision’ of contracts will support SMEs. Early supplier engagement (soft market testing) will aid emerging markets and allow BCC to benefit from market-led innovation.

Stakeholders identified

BCC Procurement Services

Potential stakeholders

Feedback from SMEs when processes start to change

What makes this approach smart?

Procurement and supplier management to support market-led innovation

Short-term actions

  • Continue development and enhancement of Find it in Birmingham web tendering facility, including stakeholder engagement events and advice to suppliers
  • Increase roll-out of e-tendering functionality (InTend) currently in use across BCC and maximisation of e-payment system via BACS transfers for all BCC procurement opportunities – affording quicker, easier payments
  • Develop procurement strategies which include outcome-based approach for complex services and market testing
  • Reduced requirement for Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQ) on tenders below EU threshold

Future actions

  • Establish early supplier engagement regular market testing for new products and services
  • Contract lot allocation to be expanded as per Government policy, small lots provision to allow for bidding by SME

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