27th January 2021

Following the publication by the government of the Green Paper: Transforming Public Procurement, SUPC has been reviewing the paper to determine the potential implications for members’ and consortia procurement.  The government is conducting consultation with all members of the public sector and will close consultation on the 10th of March 2021.  As we welcome potential changes to procurement processes that will provide greater value to our sector, we are also considering all advantages, disadvantages and potential implications of proposed changes on members, consortia and our supply chains.  

Your feedback as an SUPC member is critical to this process.  SUPC will issue a survey to better understand your views around key elements of the proposals set out in the green paper and will provide several opportunities for members to provide qualitative feedback via online meetings.  There are also opportunities to participate in the consultation sessions being run directly by the Cabinet Office; you can book on to one of those sessions here.  

It is important that the HE sector has a strong and well-represented voice throughout this consultation process.  To ensure this, we encourage our members to participate in all consultation opportunities and directly with the Cabinet Office, if they wish.  The Cabinet Office has created a dedicated email address through which feedback can be submitted. SUPC will represent your views directly back to the government to reflect local requirements, but will also work collaboratively with our UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC) partners to provide a sector-wide response that advocates for the best interest of our memberships.  

In the interim, SUPC has produced a summary of some of the key changes and what they could mean for members here: Transforming Public Procurement – the Highlights.

We look forward to working with you over the next several weeks to ensure your needs are met as part of this consultation process. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Rob Johnson, Head of Category Management and Services, at