Published: 9th Jan 2012

It finally appears that government is beginning to recognise the importance of maximising the benefit of procurement spending. There is an emerging realisation that the £257bn spent by central government and the wider public sector on procuring goods and services must create jobs and growth. Indeed it represents a fifth of all government expenditure. Jobs and growth are just one side of the benefits that procurement can bring. There is a real value to having an activist approach to procurement where innovation in policy, strategy and personnel is allowed to flourish and real benefits are felt for communities and business. For too long procurement has been the game of the large multinational. Now there is a real commitment to supporting SMEs to deliver services, to tackle worklessness through procurement spend, and to stimulate apprenticeships. Over the last three years, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) has led a crusade … (To read the full article, subscribe below)