The UK public procurement process dates back to 1958. The signing of the Treaty of Rome created a market place based on the free movement of goods, people, services and capital.
The fundamental principles of public procurement are transparency and equal treatment. It is therefore heart breaking (as a procurement professional) to see procurement best practice completely ignored in 2020.
The National Audit Office (NAO) published findings of their investigation into procurement during the Covid-19 pandemic. The NAO found new contracts worth £10.5 billion were awarded directly to suppliers WITHOUT a competitive tender process.
Indeed a High Court judge ruled the UK Government acted unlawfully in failing to publish details of contracts awarded without competition for goods and services such as PPE.
Naomi Clews Consultancy
Procurement, Tendering, Business Skills