Procurement

Procurement continues to be a hugely contentious issue for civil engineering contractors. Public sector procurement processes represent the gateway between public and private sectors but the process is, so often, bureaucratic, costly and time consuming. Streamlining the process of bidding for work, making it more efficient and effective, has been a key priority for CECA Wales.

We work with clients, politicians and policy makers to streamline public procurement practices, to inform and influence public procurement policy and support initiatives to improve efficiency and productivity across the sector

We work with major construction clients including Welsh Government, local government, Dwr Cymru and Network Rail to ensure that bidding costs for contractors are minimised whilst maximising value for money for clients.

CECA produced a report in 2016 on procurement, called “Directions in policy for the UK infrastructure industry”, based on responses from members, which has made a series of recommendations for improvement. CECA Wales, in partnership with the Association of Consulting Engineers (ACE) in Wales and the County Surveyors Society Wales followed this up with their own Wales specific report titled “Streamlining Public Procurement”. This report forms the basis of ongoing discussions with major construction clients.

“De-mystifying” the rail sector in Wales!
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Last month we held our second rail conference, this time in south Wales following our first conference in north Wales in January. As it says on the box, this half day event was all about “de-mystifying” the rail sector for our members. But, it was also about highlighting the work opportunities that are available and

CECA Wales Leadership Challenge 2019 : leaders of the future?
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Strong leadership is critical to any organisation. None more so than in the infrastructure sector. And judging by feedback from our latest CECA Wales Leadership Challenge we have these qualities in abundance among the younger members of our civil engineering contracting companies. Last Thursday and Friday many of our younger CECA Wales members came together

CECA Wales Annual Review 2018-19
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I’m pleased to be launching our CECA Wales Annual Review for 2018-19. https://www.ceca.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/CECA_AR_2019_05-Final.pdf From my perspective as Director of CECA Wales, it’s easy to look back over the last 12 months and reflect on another year of delay and disappointment. Infrastructure projects stalling or, in some cases, being cancelled completely. This needs to change if