Academics urge consideration for small suppliers

24 June 2011

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 Wales.

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 through training.

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 activities.”

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