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.

CECA Wales Awards 2020
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People are the lifeblood of our civil engineering industry and our young people are the future. Every year we celebrate the “brightest and the best” young people across our sector at our Annual Dinner and Awards. But 2020 was a year like no other and, unfortunately, we weren’t able to hold our Awards in person.

The CECA Wales “Key Asks” ahead of The Senedd elections in 2021
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A new manifesto for civil engineering contractors in Wales As we approach the end of 2020 (can’t come soon enough for most people I guess!) and we look towards 2021 it’s time to review the year and what we will be focusing on for the year to come. Our strategy for the last few years

Leading the recovery in Wales – a mix of old and new!
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There is nothing normal about these times, whether that be the new normal or the old normal. But many working in the civil engineering sector are looking for a mix of the old and the new. In the second part of a two part article, Ed Evans of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) points