Education Funding Agency Procurement Issues

As Making Government business more accessible to SMEs: two years on highlighted, SMEs are making a valuable contribution to the Public Sector Supply chain, helping to reduce costs and increase innovation.

However, SMEs are still often being discriminated against when attempting to participate in the Education Funding Agency’s Capital School Building programme; Perplexingly, the issue seems to be due either to faulty procurement practices or to the procurement team not fully adhering to Cabinet Office Procurement Policy Notices and wider regulations.

This brief report has been written to highlight how Regional Contractors Framework procurement has failed and how the situation could be improved to increase accessibility of contracts to the SME community, moving forward.

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