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Simplified prequalification processes for Scotland

Scottish Finance Cabinet Secretary John Swinney has announced that the Scottish Government will introduce a scheme to simplify prequalification processes for public sector contracts in Scotland in 2010

Speaking at the Scottish Construction Forum’s annual conference in Glasgow, John Swinney provided the outline plan that would see construction firms only having to provide the relevant information once when bidding for any public sector contract in Scotland.

The Scottish Government will introduce a national database of supplier information in 2010 allowing suppliers to enter their data once in a single place. According to the Government, this will cut inefficiencies and ensure greater standardisation as businesses are often asked to repeatedly complete documentation relating to their capacity and capability as part of the procurement process.

Following the conference, Forum Chairman, Archie Ferguson, expressed delight at the Minister’s
assurance, “John Swinney has once again proved that this is a listening Government. First of all it
introduced the 30 day payment rule for public sector contracts and now it has taken positive steps to
tackle the prequal burden that has dogged the industry for years.

“The timing of this intervention is absolutely right because the situation has worsened during the recession as more contractors chase fewer contracts and efforts to identify suitable tender lists fairly have generated more onerous prequal requirements. The Forum identified prequalification as its single highest priority earlier this year and we will now work closely with the Scottish Government over the details and implementation of this
welcome initiative to cut out a significant level of repetitive bureaucracy and save resources.”

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