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Procurement improvements 'essential for public sector'

30 August 2011

Improved procurement standards for the public sector are essential if the government is to meet its target of more efficient public finance usage, according to an expert.

Willie Watt, a partner at Dundee-based architect Nicoll Russell, has launched an e-petition on the UK parliament's official website which calls for a fundamental review of procurement strategies, in partnership with the private sector.

According to the business expert, the current infrastructure is hindered by excessive complication and a "tick-box mentality", rather than an open analysis of the talents and services offered by providers, reports Supply Management.

Mr Watt said these regulations need to be extensively streamlined in order to ensure that money is used effectively and the correct outcomes are reached consistently.

"We need to create a simple, effective system to build a better Britain," he said.

This comes after the Cabinet Office announced a new centralised office supplies procurement arrangement earlier this month, which is expected to unlock savings of more than £18 million a year.

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