Firms get guidance to explain competitive dialogue

26 April 2007

27 April 2007 | Antony Barton

A guide to help local authorities understand the competitive dialogue process, introduced last year to improve procurement in complex projects, was launched this week.

The competitive dialogue process explains how the system works and advises local authorities how to conduct dialogue with bidders to agree on best-value delivery of local services.

The 40-page guide is published by 4ps, a project delivery organisation that works in partnership with all local authorities to secure funding and help the development, procurement and implementation of projects.

The areas covered in the guide include the pre-qualification process, opening competitive dialogue, selecting a preferred bidder and reaching financial close.

Chris Wilson, executive director of 4ps, said: "Through our work supporting a number of local authorities and working with service providers over the past 12 months, we identified a need for clear guidance on competitive dialogue to help authorities understand the process."

To obtain a copy of the guide, please visit the link below.

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