“Winning in Tendering” is focused on raising the skill levels of smaller organisations to win public sector contracts and enhancing skill levels of public procurers in Wales and Ireland such that they are better able to act in a way that takes into consideration the vulnerabilities of smaller organisations in their tendering activities.
How can the “Winning in Tendering” project benefit smaller organisations?
"WINNING IN TENDERING" WILL:
- Deliver a “Tender Review Service” to help smaller organisations who have not been successful in public sector tendering, understand how they can improve their tenders next time around
- Develop a “tender-ready?” on-line diagnostic tool to enable smaller organisations to self-evaluate their tender-readiness, thus ensuring smaller organisations only tender for contracts when they have a realistic chance of winning
- Develop a Procurement Competency Framework that is friendly to smaller organisations to help procurers design tenders in a way that removes unnecessary barriers for smaller organisations
- Enhance access to lower value contracts that are the ideal size for smaller organisations to tender for
- Develop and deliver Plain English training on the Public Procurement Remedies Regime, thus educating smaller organisations on their rights when there is evidence to suggest public bodies have breached procurement rules
How can the “Winning in Tendering” project benefit public procurers?
"WINNING IN TENDERING" WILL:
- Deliver a “Tender Review Service” to help smaller organisations who have not been successful in public sector tendering, understand what they have been doing wrong, thus enabling procurers to benefit from better quality offerings in future
- Develop a ‘tender-ready?’ on-line diagnostic tool for smaller organisations to self evaluate their tender-readiness; this will reduce the number of poor quality tenders procurers have to evaluate, hence saving valuable public sector resources
- Develop a Procurement Competency Framework that is friendly to smaller organisations, thus helping procurers to design tenders in a way that considers the vulnerabilities they face; this will assist public bodies in benchmarking skills of procurement staff in this area and will prove a mechanism to continuously improve skills in this area
- Help enable the public sector to advertise lower value contracts more widely without overburdening procurers; this will enhance relations with the supplier community and may help meet local economic and community development aims and objectives
- Help the public sector understand the effects that the Public Procurement Remedies Regime may have created for tendering processes, including any undesirable consequences for smaller organisations
Bangor University School of Law's Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies (ICPS) is the project's lead partner and has joined forces with Dublin City University’s Strategic Procurement Unit and the Irish Institute of Purchasing & Materials Management. The project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Ireland Wales Programme (INTERREG 4A).