Manchester City Council is a Local Authority in the North West of England.
In 2009 it had a total population of 392,995 people.
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Complaint(s) from Mystery Shopper Scheme regarding this authority
|A supplier contacted the Mystery Shopper team about Manchester City Council's procurement of framework agreements for Architectural & Design Services. They pointed to the Council's Social Value (SV) requirements, suggesting that these presented particular difficulties for Small Businesses (SMEs).||The Council responded thoroughly to our communication, indicating that the requirements were rooted in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Social Value Strategy (GMCA SV) which had been developed in a transparent manner and met with a generally favourable response from stakeholders. The Council addresses the Social Value requirements for procurements case by case, based on the circumstances of the specific project. The requirements for the Architectural & Design Services procurement had been produced especially for this framework and the Council pointed to aspects specifically intended to facilitate SME accessibility. We recommended that the Council should continue to target its implementation of the GMCA SV strategy for specific procurements, making clear what the SV priorities are for particular exercises, and as far as possible to trial potential requirements with the supplier community in pre-market engagement. The approach adopted for specific procurements should recognise the characteristics of the relevant supply market. The Council accepted the recommendation.|