The Government has launched several initiatives aimed at making it easier for businesses to engage with public procurement. We want to find out how well these initiatives are working; as a small business it’s important that your voice is heard!
Tender Scout and Amárach Research are conducting this survey to find out about your experiences of public procurement. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. The survey is anonymous, but if you would like to receive a copy of the final report on the findings then please enter your contact details at the end.
Suppliers across Ireland compete each year in over 7,000 public procurement competitions and spend up to €200 million doing so.
This year has seen a dedicated government office, the Office of Government Procurement charged with making it easier for business to engage with public procurement while at the same time driving improved value for money for the taxpayer.
In April, Circular 10/14, which contains initiatives aimed at facilitating SME access to public contracts was awarded, while in August the Office of Government Procurement mandated the publication of award notices.
Launching the Government’s new reform plan in October, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin spoke of round pegs being placed in square holes in the past and civil servants being asked to take on areas of responsibility such as for procurement or human resources with little or no specialist training. That is to change under the reforms. Civil servants will be given clear tasks to perform, with appropriate support and training; for those who do not perform satisfactorily, there will be consequences.
The Government said the aim of its radical changes to the Civil Service structure was to create a world-class service.
But it it really working? Are these initiatives translating into improved access to public sector opportunities? Are businesses finding it easier to compete and are they winning more
This survey aims to challenge the assumptions around public procurement, by asking, you the suppliers most effected how you feel about the changes and how they are impacting your participation and success in the public procurement process.