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Prequal database to cut bidding costs

A free online tender advertising system designed to save contractors and consultants thousands of pounds in procurement costs will go live this week.

The system is a key part of the relaunch of the government’s Constructionline prequalification database. Constructionline is a register of pre-qualified contractors run by consultant Capita on behalf of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR).

Prequalification documents are normally requested as part of the public sector tendering process.

Completing them can be time consuming and expensive.

The new database will store prequalification information, saving contractors and consultants time and money when they bid for government work.

“A contractor just has to fill in one questionnaire, which we collate,” said Constructionline marketing director Philip Prince. “The buyer can then just dip into the database.”

Savings for clients and contractors

The relaunch follows the recommendations of the Glover report which calls for simpler procurement processes for SMEs.

The system has the broad support of the industry, as it could save money for clients and contractors.

Sir Michael Latham, author of the 1994 report on construction efficiency welcomed the move.

“With billions of pounds of public money pledged to major construction projects, and the need to increase efficiency savings on government spending adopting a greater urgency, Constructionline plays an instrumental role in driving best practice.”

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