24 June 2011 | Angeline Albert
Academics are urging public procurement staff to tailor their tendering
activities to consider SMEs and third sector organisations in Ireland and
Bangor University’s School of Law, Dublin City University’s strategic procurement unit and the Irish Institute
of Purchasing & Materials Management are addressing the issue of small
indigenous suppliers (SIS) missing out on public sector contracts by educating
buyers and suppliers.
Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund,
the ‘Winning in Tendering’ project
aims to transform the public tendering experience of SISs in the two countries
Over the next three years, academics will develop a SIS-friendly
procurement competency framework that helps purchasers consider small
suppliers’ vulnerabilities when they design tenders.
Plain English legal guidance and case studies are also being developed
on the 2009 EU Remedies Directive.
As well as training courses, suppliers will be able to access an online
health-check tool to enable SISs to self-evaluate their tender readiness.
In a statement on yesterday’s project launch,
Bangor University said: “Winning in Tendering is focused on raising the skill
levels of SISs to win public sector contracts and enhancing skill levels of
public procurers in Wales and Ireland such that they are better able to act in
a way that takes into consideration SIS vulnerabilities in their tendering