The EU is making some significant changes to procurement legislation, which every member state must adopt: the UK Government has set out its intention to implement these changes as soon as practical, and potentially by the Autumn of this year. Some of the key changes to the legislation include:
- increased use of supplier self declarations, resulting in less paperwork for bidders
- the use of the negotiated procedure will be less constrained, meaning there are more opportunities to negotiate contracts than before
- previous poor performance on contracts can now be taken into account & you can be specifically excluded from a contract if you have not performed previously
- statutory minimum response times for tender documents are being reduced
- buyers can now award certain services to social enterprises without having to advertise them (services under £625,000)
- buyers can not set minimum turnover requirements at more than twice the contract value
These changes are significant for businesses, and should allow for increased participation by smaller businesses. But, the potential response timescales have been reduced, so smaller businesses will have to ensure they have eveything in place that is required to respond to tenders to allow them to meet the deadlines.
If you want to find out more about these changes, or how they will impact on your business, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to find out more!