The CBI (Confederation of British Industry) has just released a report into public sector procurement, its contribution to growth, prosperity, welfare and the economy, and considers the contribution that private businesses are making, and would like to make, towards that. Founded on the results of a recent survey, it discusses how collaboration in public contracts between public bodies and their suppliers can deliver long-term value rather than just savings in the short-term. It looks at how these partnerships can be fostered, the opportunities to offer alternative approaches and innovation rather than focusing on lowest price, the streamlining and transparency of processes, and increasing market access for all suppliers by lowering complexity. It goes on to make recommendations for government. The full report can be downloaded here.

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