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General transport / Mode, All of UK

Public sector procurement policy needs to look beyond low prices

James Dark

It is fair to say that UK public sector procurement has a rather chequered recent history. Too often following process has taken precedence over quality of outcome, price has taken precedence over value, and regulation has taken precedence over relationships.

In the worst cases, this can preclude the possibility of procurement teams communicating effectively with suppliers, learning from other commissioning bodies or even consulting in a meaningful way with colleagues involved at the sharp end...

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