The UK Government has published guidance for how contracting authorities should manage relationships with suppliers. We recommend suppliers familiarise themselves with the guidance referenced, and use it to support future bids.
Public sector buyers are being encouraged to reserve low value tenders for Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) – making more opportunities available to them, and increasing their chances of securing work with the public sector.
Procurement Cards are being highlighted as the preferred method for purchasing goods and services during the COVID-19 outbreak. Increased spending limits aim to improve cash flow and support suppliers.
On March 20th the Cabinet Office issued reassurance to suppliers with temporary changes to existing procurement policy. The changes aim to protect suppliers, their workforce and supply chains, helping to ensure service continuity now and into the future.
On March 18th, the government acknowledged the strain on the public sector by making changes to procurement policy, and ensuring resources can be sourced as a matter of urgency.