Procurement

Procurement : Streamlining the process

 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.

As frustrating as this area of business continues to be we have been busy preparing responses to both the Welsh and UK Governments as they seek to introduce new legislation to address current failings. It’ll take more than legislation to change culture and behaviours but it’s a step in the right direction. Here is the consultation on the Social Partnership and Public Procurement Bill https://www.ceca.co.uk/welsh-govt-consultation-draft-social-partnership-and-public-procurement-wales-bill/ and here’s our response to the UK Government Green Paper on “Transforming Public Procurement” https://www.ceca.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/CECA-Wales-response-to-UK-Gov-Transforming-Procurement-consultation.pdf

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 and you can view a copy here.

CECA Wales Leadership Challenge 2021 : Future Leaders
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So after a Covid-enforced postponement of our 2020 Leadership Challenge it was great to get back to Cwrt y Gollen Army Training Barracks with the Army in Wales and put our “new recruits” through their paces! We know that strong leadership is critical to any organisation and this is especially evident in the infrastructure sector.

CECA Wales Annual Awards and Dinner 2021
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We hosted the CECA Wales Annual Dinner and Awards at the Hilton Hotel, Cardiff on 22nd October 2021. Our last event was in 2019 but because of the pandemic our 2020 event was cancelled. So this year’s event was eagerly awaited and didn’t disappoint. It was great to see old friends and colleagues again and