Procurement and supply chain bulletin: 7 October 2022

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7 October 2022

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Procurement and supply chain

Energy support schemes resources and toolkit

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has produced guidance, toolkits and resources to help communicate the Energy Price Guarantee for households and the Energy Bill Relief Scheme (EBSS) for businesses and public sector organisations, including councils and schools, to assist with rising energy costs.

Electricity suppliers will deliver the EBSS to households automatically over six months from October 2022 so consumers do not need to apply for the discount and do not need to register or share any details with anyone.

UK Modern Slavery Act Transparency in Supply Chains: Reporting by local authorities

Local authorities are leading the way in their disclosure of efforts to address modern slavery in their supply chain, both in the UK and beyond with 178 councils across the whole country having voluntarily published a Modern Slavery transparency statement.

In this report BHRE have analysed the good practices which are identifiable through their most recent Modern Slavery statements as well as highlighting some of the challenges which still remain when undertaking this complex process. The report points to a lack of capacity and resources as well as the continuing ambiguity of reporting requirements [soon to be addressed by the Modern Slavery Bill] under the supply chain provisions of the Act is hampering councils’ ability to mitigate the risks of Modern Slavery in local government supply chains.

British Standards Institution: Organisational responses to modern slavery - Guidance

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published a pioneering national standard, giving organisations guidance on how to manage modern slavery risks in their operations, supply chains and wider operating environment.

BS 25700 provides organisations with guidance for addressing the risk of modern slavery, including prevention, identification, response, remediation, mitigation, and reporting.

Social Value in Construction benchmarking report

SCAPE and the Social Value Portal have published their second annual Social Value in Construction benchmarking report.

Produced as a result of the Insights Partnership they run together and with the collaboration of a number of key industry partners, this report showcases the work the construction sector does to deliver outcomes in communities and to support public sector social value act procurement duties.  It shows the Construction Playbook principles in action by the sector but also indicates opportunity for further opportunities. The collective data set already exceeds 1000 projects completed since 2020. 

Public procurement research - impact of PQQs/shortlisting on SME access – Survey request

Jamie Thomas, Postgraduate Researcher at University of Nottingham’s School of Law and ex-Durham County Council specialises in reforms to public procurement law aimed at making public procurement more accessible to SME bidders. 

He’s launched a data gathering survey which forms a key part of his research and is appealing for bidders (both small and large) who participate in UK public procurement to take part in the survey. The results of this survey will help improve our understanding of evidence-based public procurement policy, which in the long run should promote a fairer market for bidders of all types and sizes.

The main survey asks about an organisation's experience of bidding, and winning, in tender exercises with, or without, PQQ or shortlisting phase - in response to the long-standing complaint that PQQ/shortlisting procedures were a major barrier to SMEs.

Demystifying key terms and abbreviations in procurement

Running a procurement can involve technical language that can sometimes be a little daunting. Whether you’re an experienced professional or new to running procurements, Crown Commercial Service (CCS) want to help you understand some of the common terms and abbreviations you may come across. 

With this in mind, CCS has produced a new glossary of the most common terms and abbreviations, to be used as a useful reference when buying goods and services for your organisation. The entries are arranged alphabetically and you can search for specific terms using the search bar. This is a new service and CCS will be adding to it iteratively over the coming months to make sure it’s up to date.

Webinars and events

Procuring and Supplying – DDaT Unconference 2022
Wednesday 12 October, 10.00am–4.00pm | techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD

The Sourcing Playbook – autumn webinar series
Every Tuesday from 1 November to 6 December, 12.30pm–2.00pm | Zoom

Free DfE webinars for schools on buying services
Autumn 2022

Regional retrofit action planning
Tuesday 6 December, 10.00am–11.30am | Zoom


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