The government’s Contracts Finder portal allows businesses to search for information about contracts over £10,000 with the government and its agencies.

Businesses will also find additional opportunities to bid for work in government supply chains as the largest suppliers are encouraged to openly advertise subcontracting opportunities.

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The Outsourcing Playbook outlines government policies on making outsourcing decisions and contracting outside suppliers for the delivery of public services.

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On the 31 March, 2017, the BSA published the ‘Just Another Paperclip?’ report by Professor Gary L. Sturgess. Speaking on the report’s publication, BSA Chief Executive Mark Fox said:

“It is sometime since an in depth look at public procurement and markets was conducted and this report is a timely contribution to the ongoing discussion in this area. It is an independent report and it contains interesting comments and suggestions which will challenge all those involved in the procurement and delivery of public services and projects.”

To read the report in full, please click here.

Green Paper on public procurement

In December 2020, the Cabinet Office published its Green Paper ‘Transforming Public Procurement’. The BSA was closely involved in the development of the paper.

The Green Paper can be read here.

The BSA’s submission ahead of the Green Paper can be accessed here.

Response to social value consultation

The BSA has published its submission to a Cabinet Office consultation on social value in procurement. The BSA welcomes the government’s commitment to use its purchasing power to deliver increased social value and supports the initiative to set out an evaluation model for commissioners.

To read the full submission, please click here.

Address: Professor Gary Sturgess, ‘The Future of Government Contracting’

Professor Gary Sturgess delivered the address at a meeting of the BSA in June 2019. Full speech can be found here.