CONTRACTS FINDER

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.

For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder

OUTSOURCING PLAYBOOK

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

For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-outsourcing-playbook

 

PROFESSOR GARY L. STURGESS ‘JUST ANOTHER PAPERCLIP?’ REPORT PUBLISHED

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.

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.

BSA Submission to the independent review of HS2

In response to the review, the BSA has emphasised the importance of continued efforts to upgrade the UK’s physical and digital infrastructure. HS2 will contribute towards this by improving connectivity, rebalancing the UK economy and securing the future of the construction and infrastructure sector. Please click here to read the full submission.

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.

BSA RESPONSE TO DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT CONSULTATION

The BSA has published its submission to the government’s green paper consultation on disability, work and health. The BSA welcomes the government’s ambition to halve the disability employment gap and we have outlined what could be effective measures aimed at achieving this.

To read the full submission, please click here

FLEXIBILITY KEY FOR APPRENTICESHIP LEVY IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Responding to a consultation from the Northern Ireland government, the BSA called for employers to be able to use apprenticeship levy funding as flexibly as possible, and for a better flow of information between Westminster and devolved governments. To read the full BSA response, please click here.

BSA CALLS ON NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE COMMISSION TO CONDUCT IN-DEPTH SKILLS ANALYSIS

Both the Government’s National Infrastructure Plan for Skills and the recently published Farmer Review present a clear need to boost construction skills. To read the full BSA response, please click here.

BSA SUBMISSION TO INCLUSIVE GROWTH COMMISSION

The BSA makes recommendations to the Inclusive Growth Commission on how to ensure communities across the UK benefit from economic growth. The Commission is chaired by former BBC Economics Editor, Stephanie Flanders and seeks to devise new models for place-based growth, which include the widest range of people. For the full BSA submission, please click here.

FUTURE OF REGIONAL TRANSPORT

On Friday 2nd December the BSA, in partnership with DWF, held the latest in a series of events focused on regional transport. Speakers included Midlands Connect, Transport for Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, IPPR North and BSA members Balfour Beatty.  For a detailed write-up of the event, please click here.

IN CONVERSATION: LATEST THOUGHTS ON THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR

In a recent interview with Kevin Anderson of BSA Associate Member, New Street, BSA Chief Executive Mark Fox shared his latest views on the business services sector.  The interview covers the impact of Brexit and devolution and how the sector can stay relevant and responsive in such a period of great political uncertainty.

Mark comments: “We need to understand what people are thinking in the communities in which we’re all living and working. We are not just businesses, but people who live and work in these communities. We are quite canny in our sector because we are used to delivering services by just keeping an ear open as to what is going on and responding to it. Why? Because we are very flexible, very adaptable, very robust, and that is what the role of the BSA is; to walk along with the members, staying alert. How can we freshen up what we do? How can we stay in tune with what’s happening?”

The full interview can be found here

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