Innovation and changeDigital TransformationReport sets out how government can use procurement to lead innovation

Report sets out how government can use procurement to lead innovation

techUK report sets out how procurement can act as a tool for the UK Government to deliver its ambitious vision for the future of public services

techUK has launched Procuring the Smarter State: key steps to promote innovation and growth in the public sector, a new report that sets out how procurement can act as a tool for the UK Government to deliver its ambitious vision for the future of public services and use public sector procurement to help foster innovation in the supplier community.

Drawing on the findings from techUK’s Civil Servants Survey 2017, and GovTech SME Survey 2017, the report identifies the key challenges and opportunities for Government as it seeks to build the ‘Smarter State’. Key recommendations include:

Use procurement as a tool to deliver the vision of government transformation: The use of the Digital Marketplace should be expanded by increasing the spend going through frameworks, and the number of non-Whitehall parts of the public sector using the system – with a focus on local authorities and government agencies.

Take advantage of the opportunities offered by the UK GovTech market: One minister in every department should be given responsibility for tech and should champion driving consistent implementation of the Digital Strategy, as well as aligning with the Government Transformation Strategy. A key area of focus for these ministers should be the commitments relating to procurement and SMEs and promoting the use of Contracts Finder to advertise opportunities.

Take a strategic and innovative approach to market engagement: Central government departments should take a broader, transparent and strategic approach to communicating with the tech sector on planned procurement activity. This should include adopting a more proactive approach to engaging with prospective suppliers, publishing pipelines and emerging opportunities well in advance of procurement decisions.

Launching the report at the National Government ICT Conference Rob Driver, Head of Public Sector at techUK commented: “The message of this report is simple – for the Government to deliver its transformation and growth commitments, it must make a step change in procurement in central government and the wider public sector. I look forward to working in partnership with Government to develop the next generation of public services, and to stimulate growth in the UK GovTech market.”

Niall Quinn, Procurement Director for Technology at the Crown Commercial Service added: “The UK benefits from one of the most vibrant and thriving tech ecosystems globally and the experience and innovation of the UK’s tech industry is a valuable resource for the public sector.”

“The last decade has seen an increased understanding within government of the importance of driving digital transformation to deliver efficient, effective public services which meet the needs of citizens. As such this is an important report that should be considered as a platform for the whole of the public sector to engage with current and prospective ICT suppliers.”

The full report can be read here.

Related Articles

A bold approach to procurement will pay off 

Digital Procurement A bold approach to procurement will pay off 

5d Austin Clark
PAC slams government procurement processes

Digital Procurement PAC slams government procurement processes

5m Austin Clark
G-Cloud 10 opens for business

Digital Procurement G-Cloud 10 opens for business

5m Austin Clark
Redcar and Cleveland signs deal to transform revenues and benefits services

Digital Customer Service Redcar and Cleveland signs deal to transform revenues and benefits services

7m Austin Clark
New framework agreement for Yorkshire and Humber

Digital Procurement New framework agreement for Yorkshire and Humber

7m Austin Clark
Continuing austerity ahead as Government grapples with £300bn public spending gap

Data Insight Continuing austerity ahead as Government grapples with £300bn public spending gap

8m Austin Clark
Capita announces £513m annual loss

Digital Procurement Capita announces £513m annual loss

8m Austin Clark
Q&A: Managing shadow IT

Data Insight Q&A: Managing shadow IT

8m Austin Clark