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Public sector procurement 'requires greater innovation'

10 April 2012

Procurement processes in the public sector need to do more to foster innovation in order to achieve savings and wider economic benefits.

This is according to public sector consultant Colin Cram, former director of the North West Centre of Excellence, who told the Guardian that a more evidence-based approach to fostering innovation in this area could yield results.

According to the expert, the government needs to do more to make innovation an essential element of service delivery, while taking a more proactive stance in specifying outcomes and communicating early and openly with suppliers.

Other recommendations include engaging with academia to aid decision-making and conducting a comprehensive purchase-spend analysis for public purchasing activities.

"The evidence that public sector procurement can benefit national economies through supporting innovation is increasingly compelling," Mr Cram said.

Earlier this month, the Home Office published research showing the need to address public sector procurement fraud, an issue that cost the government £2.3 billion last year.

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Categories: Central Government, Public Sector

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