11th March 2021

Following the publication of the Cabinet Office Green Paper on Transforming Public Procurement in December 2020, SUPC hosted a number of discussions regarding the paper with our members, including at monthly virtual meetings with Heads of Procurement. We also distributed a survey to gather the views of members to inform an SUPC collective response to the proposals on behalf of our membership. We have, of course, encouraged members to respond to the proposals in their own right.

In January, SUPC circulated our own observations on the key changes proposed within the paper and how these might impact members.

The responses received from SUPC members through the surveys and other discussions demonstrated their passion and commitment to ensuring that the proposals within the Green Paper are subject to comprehensive review and challenge.  You can see the responses submitted to the Cabinet Office on behalf of SUPC members here.

In addition to our SUPC response, the eight consortia partners of UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC) worked collaboratively to provide a sector-wide response that advocates for the best interest of our memberships. You can find the UKUPC Sector -wide response here.

Any proposed changes to public procurement are likely to take at least two years to finalise and implement; however, it’s important our members are represented at each stage of the process. Keeping members informed on matters such as this is another example of the added value of SUPC membership. Once again, we thank our members for their dedication and commitment to feeding into the consultation process.