4th February 2021 | Innovation | Collaboration

View from the top: Solving the procurement puzzle

I’m always a little surprised about how many things we can get through at LCRIG in a single week, and it’s all down to a team effort.

During the past week I’ve been in discussion with one council member about the development of a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for products and materials after they became aware that this was part of our forward plan. Furthermore, Crown Commercial Service (CCS) were also in touch with me about the very same subject, as was one of our consultant members.

DPS’s seem to be popping up in different locations and for different types of services indicating an obvious need for such procurements. LCRIG want to consolidate all these efforts and procure a single DPS with national coverage obviating the need for multiple authorities to procure multiple DPS’s because of the consequential efficiencies this will generate. We are currently in discussion with the Department for Transport (DfT) concerning this initiative.

Project Amber also gathers pace and interest from other members continues to grow, either by using the appointed Project Amber partners or by using the contract documentation themselves to develop their own regional framework. I was also lucky to be involved in a planning session that will see contractors move onto the network to physically deliver a number of improvement schemes under this framework, so all quite exciting.