The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched a new construction procurement strategy, designed to simplify processes and make local contracts more open to small and medium sized construction firms.
The fresh approach urges local authorities to follow clear lines of action. One of the key action strands is the adoption of the PAS 91 prequalification (PQQ) assessment, developed in part by Altius. The strategy document states that by July 2015 “all councils would be expected to have adopted, or be working towards PAS 91 as the standard PQQ for all construction”.
With construction representing a significant spending area for local governments, as well as a major source of employment up and down the country, it is hoped that improved procurement practices will help to support local construction firms.
Praise from the industry
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the largest trade association in the building industry, has applauded the new strategy.
Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: "When it comes to applying pro-SME procurement practices, some local authorities are better than others so the work the LGA does to provide an overarching set of principles is crucial. Relatively simple changes – such as always using PAS 91 as the basis for any construction pre-qualification questionnaires – can make a huge difference to reducing the bureaucratic burden on SMEs and encouraging more small firms to bid for public sector contracts."
Help is here
Altius helped develop the PAS 91 construction pre-qualification assessment when it sat on a steering group set up by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.
Altius can provide a full managed assessment service or provide cost effective software to allow you to carry out your own assessments to a standard of your choice, including PAS 91, with the ability to add in additional questions should this be required.
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