Knowledge Drop for Suppliers

This Knowledge Drop provides an overview of the Procurement Act 2023, targeted at suppliers into UK public, utilities and defence sectors. It highlights the changes that the Procurement Act 2023 brings to make it simpler and more flexible than the previous legislation which can cause organisations to need to change how they do business with UK government, utilities and defence. As a devolved issue, it is worth noting that the Scottish Government will continue to have its own legislation.

This knowledge drop describes why there is a need for the Procurement Act 2023 and how it combines four sets of EU legislations:

Public Contracts Regulations 2015

Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016

Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011

Concessions Contracts Regulations 2016

It describes the benefits to suppliers as:

  • Increased visibility of opportunities
  • Greater scope for pre market engagement
  • The ability to showcase innovation
  • Strengthened prompt payment provisions
  • More consistent feedback following procurements in the form of assessment summaries
  • Simplified tendering process with a new central digital platform

Key changes in the Act from previous regulations:

  • From initial market engagement all the way through to contract award, buyers will need to give appropriate consideration to the procurement objectives as defined in the Act:

o   Delivering value for money – aiming to achieve the best mix of quality and price throughout the lifetime of the contract. Bidders will need to demonstrate their value that they bring to that organisation and the communities they serve

o   Maximising public benefit – Bidders should demonstrate how their solutions provide economic, social and environmental benefit.

o   Sharing information – driving greater transparency so that suppliers can gain a better understanding of policies and decision making.

o   Acting and being seen to act with integrity – demonstrating good management and control of processes to give suppliers confidence that contracts are being properly procured.

o   Treat suppliers the same – ensures suppliers are competing for a contract under equal terms, unless there is a difference between suppliers which justifies different treatment.

o   No unfair advantage or disadvantage – this includes the appropriate management of Conflicts of Interest.

o   Duty to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) – reduce the barriers SMEs may face, considering contracts from and SMEs’ perspective.

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