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Public sector faces M4i procurement blitz

GOVERNMENT AND local authority procurement departments are to be blitzed with the Rethinking Construction message early next year in a bid to persuade the public sector to adopt industry reforms.

The initiative will focus particularly on the local government sector which is felt to be struggling to come to terms with the new best value procurement regime. But the scheme will also spread the message in central government.

'The impact of this scheme could be phenomenal, ' said M4I chairman Alan Crane. 'Local authorities represent almost a quarter of construction's workload - about £16bn of spending.

If we can help them understand best value and Rethinking Construction ideas, the effect, especially on small and medium sized suppliers, will be dramatic.'

The plan will see the Office of Government Commerce work with Movement for Innovation and the Construction Best Practice Programme to run a national training scheme. This will teach the public sector how to introduce quality-based procurement into a culture that has relied on lowest price to guarantee fair award of contracts.

The M4I/CBPP blitz hopes to underpin the Government's own commitment to industry procurement reforms such as alliancing and shared risk and reward to produce a better return on the client's money.

The training initiative is intended to make sure government at national and local level is able to deliver what is expected of it.

'If Government is seen to be taking up Rethinking Construction ideas other clients will follow, ' said M4I chief executive David Crewe

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