Procurement and supply chain bulletin: 26 August 2022

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26 August 2022

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Procurement and supply chain

The Sourcing Playbook – autumn webinars

The Government’s Sourcing Playbook is designed as a tool for the public sector, to help improve commercial decision making and the quality of contracts placed.  Local Partnerships, working in conjunction with the LGA, Cabinet Office and DLUHC, have developed a series of webinars designed specifically to help the local government community better understand the Playbook and maximise its value, particularly in the light of current challenges such as inflationary pressures. These webinars are designed for council only individuals who may wish to attend all the sessions or just some.

The webinars will take place on Tuesday lunchtimes between 1 November and 6 December and will cover the following topics:

Commercial Continuous Improvement Assessment Framework (CCIAF)

The Government Commercial Function (GCF) improves commercial capabilities when procuring and delivering public services. GCF, together with DLUHC, the Local Government Association and a wider local government working group, has developed the Commercial Continuous Improvement Assessment Framework (CCIAF) which:

  • drives continuous improvement in commercial practices across the public sector
  • provides an online scoring tool as a resource to benchmark the commercial activities of your organisation against the commercial standards set out by the CCIAF
  • facilitates long-term improvement plans to focus on improving organisation scores.

All the materials and documentation have been co-authored by the Cabinet Office, NHS and the Local Government Association in such a way that they can be used by any public sector organisation to benchmark its commercial capability. GCF is encouraging councils to sign up to CCIAF programme. GCF is launching the next round on 3 October to undertake the next self-assessment. If you are interested in being part of this cohort, please email by 6 September.

YPO's Managing Consultancy and Professional Services Framework – renewal survey

YPO has commenced the research process for the renewal of its Managing Consultancy and Professional Services framework, which is due to expire in September 2023. As part of the research process, YPO is looking for feedback from public sector organisations who have either enquired about, or used, the current iteration of the framework. Any insight you can share to help shape the next iteration of this framework would be appreciated. The deadline for responses is 9 September 2022.

People displaced from Ukraine

The Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) has produced guidance to support people displaced from the Ukraine. Guidelines for employment and integration of people displaced from Ukraine outlines key areas for brands and suppliers in supporting the employment of people fleeing conflict and preventing exploitation.

Refugee resettlement: how CCS can help local government

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is supporting the cross-government response for multiple refugee programmes, involving requirements such as accommodation. The CCS local government team recognise the important part local authorities play in these programmes and have taken the time to understand the numerous challenges of helping refugees at very short notice. From payment solutions and voucher schemes to language services and accommodation, they can help local authorities provide efficient and effective resettlement programmes in their communities. Discover the range of commercial solutions on offer.

What is a dynamic purchasing system? (Crown Commercial Service's 'Procurement Essentials')

This month’s feature focuses on dynamic purchasing systems (DPS). A DPS functions in a similar way to traditional frameworks in that it offers a range of services that are searchable, allowing buyers to filter and engage with the suppliers that offer the relevant goods and services they are looking for. It also offers those services on largely pre-set contract terms, making the procurement process more efficient. A DPS allows suppliers to join at any time, increasing competition and choice and meaning that it is open to new businesses, innovations and emerging technologies throughout the life of the DPS.

LGA Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) workshop – Quality of local infrastructure organisations

The National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA), the membership body of local Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) infrastructure organisations, are currently piloting and evaluating a local accreditation scheme to recognise good quality infrastructure provision and support organisational development, with clear branding to give visual recognition. As key commissioners and partners of these organisations, NAVCA would like to hold a workshop with local government officers at 9.30am–11.00am on Wednesday 5 October. The workshop will include a presentation on the accreditation schemes, a chance to hear from those seeking accreditation about the value to them and will seek the views of officers on the standards and qualities councils expect of local infrastructure organisations and volunteer centres. If you would like to attend this workshop please email

Webinars and events

Sustainable procurement webinar (LGA)
Tuesday 13 September, 10.00am–11.30am | Zoom

Procurement to partnership – your questions answered (E3M webinar)
Wednesday 21 September, 2.00pm–3.00pm | Zoom

BHTA Integration and Sustainability Conference
Thursday 22 September, 9.30am–3,45pm | The Tower Hotel, St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1LD

Local government procurement – inflationary pressures roundtable (LGA)
Wednesday 28 September, 12.30pm–2.00pm | Zoom

Carbon literacy – taster session (LGA)
Tuesday 4 October 2022, 10.00am–11.00am | Microsoft Teams

Procuring and Supplying Digital Data and Technology (DDaT) Unconference
Wednesday 12 October, 10.00am–4.00pm | techUK, 10 Saint Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD

Economic Growth Advisers Programme showcase (LGA)
Thursday 13 October, 10.30am–12.00pm | Zoom


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