APSCo to establish SME Public Sector Procurement Working Party
In response to the launch of the Government consultation on making public sector procurement more accessible to SMEs, The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) will be working with members to set the main focus and collate evidence based content for a response to the consultation. This consultation runs until 17 October 2013 and describes a set of single market principles which should simplify and standardise the advertising, bidding, and payment of public contracts, and should remove the complexity, cost, and inconsistency when trying to sell to more than one public sector body.
Head of External Relations Samantha Hurley said: “The procurement supply chain has matured exponentially in the last decade. Historically, buying professionals and recruiters have not worked together as closely as they could. APSCo has been extremely proactive in partnering with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) to develop a programme of events which have already stimulated open dialogue, encouraged learning and driven best practice and so we are well placed to help ensure that the procurement relationship is beneficial to both parties. Approximately 86% of APSCo members are SMEs, and for many, these public sector contracts are currently, or could be a valuable source of revenue. Therefore, we believe it is important that we put forward the views of our SME members in this important debate.”