Government calls for innovative ideas to change public procurement

11 May 2016

Purchasing professionals with proposals about how to radically transform public procurement may find a platform for their ideas in a new government consultation survey.

As part of its “call for ideas” for the National Innovation Plan, the government is seeking suggestions from the public to help develop innovation in the UK – and one of the main categories is how public procurement can be transformed.

A questionnaire asks respondents to suggest how the UK should develop a framework that encourages innovation and the power of procurement and customer demand to stimulate the development of innovative products.

The main question in the survey that is likely to concern SM readers is: “How can we deliver real culture change within public procurement?”

It asks respondents to suggest what government can do differently, what works well and what challenges businesses face when government is their customer.

“How can we work with innovative businesses to ensure innovation flourishes? How can we work together to be more innovative in our procurement approaches to achieve maximum value?” the survey asks.

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