E-procurement is taking over the UK public sector, with the EU Public Contracts Directive (2014) mandating e-communication on all central purchasing body contracts by April 2017 and on most other public sector contracts by October 2018.
As well as this, the UK Government now requires collaborative, 3D Building Information Models – with electronic project and asset information – on all of its infrastructure projects. This regulation, referred to as BIM Level 2, affects companies throughout the supply chain.
These regulations mean UK suppliers must use e-procurement to compete effectively for government contracts. Although disruptive for some, this switch to e-procurement brings many opportunities across different areas of the supply chain.
Since 2013 UK central government has been digitilising its procurement systems in a move toward greater transparency and efficiency. This drive continues with the introduction of G-Cloud 7, an online digital marketplace for cloud services.
Building upon this innovation, in late 2015, the Crown Commercial Service launched the Crown Marketplace, a new e-platform that could be used to procure ‘off-the-shelf’ items for government.
Another central authority pushing the e-procurement revolution is the Scottish Government. Now in the third phase of its Procurement Reform Agenda, the Scottish Government is using Public Contracts Scotland (e-procurement portal) to encourage even closer collaboration between local authorities, particularly on Cat C contracts in which goods and services are tendered at a local level by a single organisation.
The development of these platforms shows both central government’s commitment to procurement transformation, and the scale of opportunities that could be missed, should suppliers fail to update their procurement methods to deal with this new technology. This is where Tracker can help.
Beat the Competition with Tracker
Tracker is the only e-tendering solution that provides a holistic portfolio of tools to help you find, bid for and win business. With public sector contract and award notices, pipelines and framework leads, private sector leads, and bidding functions – as well as market and competitor information – Tracker gives you all you need to beat the competition.
Join the Competition with Tracker
And if you can’t beat the competition then why not join them? The rise of e-procurement has seen a growing numbers of SMEs partnering to target bigger contracts or smarter procurement arrangements.
Tracker can help you deliver collaborative projects, by use of its Bid Manager function. Bid Manager allows you to access essential tender documents directly from Tender Alerts and searches, upload and work on winning responses, track progress and collaborate with anyone, anywhere, at any time – all at the click of a button.
Bid Manager also includes a multiple folder structure that enables you to better organise bid documents, meaning you can spend less time on admin and more time on key projects.
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Last updated on June 17th, 2022
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