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Northern Ireland reforms public sector bidding

Bidding for public-sector building contracts in Northern Ireland is to be made easier in a bid to help recession-hit construction companies, according to a report released today.

The Construction Industry Forum for Northern Ireland (CIFNI) Procurement Task Group report cites 25 measures intended to improve the procurement process.

Stormont finance minister Sammy Wilson says that the measures are focussed particularly on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

He said: “The recommendations will contribute to the delivery of record levels of Government infrastructure investment, including plans for £1.7 billion of gross capital investment alone.”

He said that plans will focus on easing workload planning by all sectors of the industry, and allow companies of all sizes to derive the maximum benefit from public-sector contracts.

Meanwhile, he said, “the cost and timescale of the pre-qualification process will be reduced, as will the bidding costs of all parties”.

He added: “I am particularly pleased that these recommendations have been agreed … and that work in implementing the report’s 25 actions has already commenced.”


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