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Procurement - learn about it or change it? Procurement Mini-Conference 2014

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Amy Sanders of Dynamix at the Procurement Mini-Conference 2014

Amy Sanders of Dynamix at the Procurement Mini-Conference 2014

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  • 1. Hey third sector – should we be learning about procurement or changing procurement? Amy Sanders
  • 2. #What I want to talk about
  • 3. What? A social enterprise that provides training, consultation & facilitation Who? Children & young people, adult community members & the professionals that support them How? Playful, participative, engaging activities What Subjects? Inclusion & tackling inequality Giving people a say Health & Well Being Futures – aspirations & enterprise Trading Since 1989
  • 4. #What I learnt
  • 5. #Time to go back to school?
  • 6. Yes
  • 7. #Purpose of this talk?
  • 8. #There's a lot wrong
  • 9. #Don't Shoulder Shrug
  • 10. # Why it's important
  • 11. # sad letter
  • 12. # fairness & good use of public money
  • 13. 6 key issues
  • 14. Number 1: False economy
  • 15. Number 2: Time consuming
  • 16. £25,000 £3,000 6 providers £18,000 Number 3:Who is covering the cost?
  • 17. Number 4: Time consuming for the buyer too
  • 18. Number 5: Are contracts going to people who are good at tendering?
  • 19. Number 6: Stupid internet procurement systems
  • 20. # The answers
  • 21. # who to take the lead?
  • 22. Not the small voluntary organisation or social enterprise (unless you can pay us!) Bodies that support & represent the third sector Bodies that impact on procurement
  • 23. 1. LOBBY TO REDUCE THE PROCESS
  • 24. Good Practice Out There Simon Griffiths City & County of Swansea Procurement Team In Partnership with Bangor University Piloting a Process “the procurement methodology chosen is not only consistent with the value involved but is also cognisant of minimising procurement effort and complexity for those bidding” McClelland Report, Page 51
  • 25. “No one likes filling in tender forms. Believe me, know one likes reading them either.” Business Wales
  • 26. 4 simple questions Who are you? How would you do it? Why are you an ethical choice? What experience do you have in doing this and show how well you’ve done similar work?
  • 27. 2. LOBBY FOR ETHICAL SHOPPING “Recommendation 11: The mandatory duty for all funded bodies to adopt Welsh Government procurement policy should include delivering the wider benefits of economic, social and environmental impacts.” Page 68
  • 28. 3. LOBBY TO CHANGE THE RULE BOOK
  • 29. 5. EDUCATE PROCUREMENT TEAMS ABOUT THE THIRD SECTOR “Recommendation 16: Interaction with the third sector should be reviewed with a view to fully understand its concerns about public procurement and the contribution it can make to wider benefits” McClelland Report, Page 70
  • 30. 6. LOBBY TO OPEN UP THE SMALLER CONTRACTS Less than £5k Over £5k £25k +
  • 31. 7. LOBBY AGAINST THE DRIVE TO INCREASE CONTRACTS
  • 32. 8. TAKE A LEAD ON ENABLING COLLABORATIVE TENDERS
  • 33. 9. LOBBY AGAINST THE NUMBER OF PORTALS
  • 34. 10. LOBBY AGAINST THE FRAMEWORKS
  • 35. 11. LOBBY TO SEIZE THE POWER BACK
  • 36. “Recommendation 19: Within the operating model local procurement is not conducted consistently well and especially within local government I recommend that all organisations address this at an early date including correcting contributing weaknesses in staffing.” Page 103 “There is an overall deficit in procurement resources in Wales. … Within these resources, less than half of procurement staff are part or fully qualified.” Page 35
  • 37. 12. Lobby to INSTALL THIRD SECTOR ADVOCATES IN EVERY MAJOR PROCUREMENT TEAM