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Challenging Procurement

Ask pioneering place leaders why they are not harnessing the creativity and innovation opportunities of the market to solve their pressing service and policy challenges and you will often get the response –“procurement policy doesn’t allow it”.

Introduction

Connected Places Catapult is engaged with experts and representative bodies from across the public procurement ecosystem to challenge the myths surrounding public procurement, share pioneering practice, set out new pathways and outline best practice for the procurement of new and innovative solutions by the public sector.

Learn about the project and discover resources which can help you procure innovation.

Connected Places Catapult’s mission is to help British businesses address the Grand Challenges of today in order to create Connected Places, fit for the future.  Places are unique, but the challenges they face are not. Local authorities and their strategic partners face a myriad of local, national and global challenges – from the all too familiar issue of managing rising demand for services in the context of prolonged austerity, up to and including tackling the increasingly pressing climate emergency.

To help local place leaders rise to this challenge, they need to be able to use the full potential of public procurement by working with you to challenge procurement so that we can utilise the full potential of public procurement.

Connected Places Catapult Challenging Procurement Programme

We are working with our partners including the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (Solace), the Public Sector Transformation Academy and the Local Government Chronicle to challenge procurement where we aim to:

  • Dismantle the barriers that procurement – and how it is frequently perceived by stakeholders – poses, and to help ensure that brilliant solutions are made more accessible to the market
  • Encourage place leaders and their teams to rethink the role of procurement in delivering organisational objectives and to help foster changes in business processes that make that shift possible
  • Encourage commissioners and project teams to involve procurement specialists in problem exploration and specification, as a precursor to inviting them to pitch for contracts
  • Drive confident investment in procurement teams, ensuring they have the bandwidth, skills and training to use the full array of tools available to them
  • Help develop well-signposted gateways that will encourage prospective suppliers with great ideas to come forward and help us all make more places that are fit for the future.

Projects, Case Studies, news & events

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Procurement Bill 2022 – Initial Assessment
Innovation procurement is challenging, and many commercial departments struggle to engage with it. We recommend that the planned dissemination programme, already announced, should be extended to include a best practice centre in innovative procurement to build up a knowledge centre with case studies, training and practical advice on contract development.
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Challenging Procurement
Ask pioneering place leaders why they are not harnessing the creativity and innovation opportunities of the market to solve their pressing service and policy challenges and you will often get the response –“procurement policy doesn’t allow it”.
News
How Data can Accelerate Procurement of Innovation
In the first wave of the pandemic last year in March, the Welsh Government approached the Defence and Security Accelerator, Innovate UK and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down for help in finding innovative solutions to speed up cleaning. A Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) call was issued, and received over 200 […]
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How Belfast is Using Procurement to Unlock Economic Value
Given that a substantial proportion of Belfast City Council’s public services are funded through these local taxes, it was clear that the city needed an up-to-date register of businesses. “Over the past decade, Belfast’s economy has become increasingly dynamic, with lots of new businesses either setting up or moving premises every month. That’s obviously good […]
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Why Innovation Districts Need to Continually Pivot
A new container shipping space for collaboration, retail and community events is helping a 62-year-old research park reinvent itself. North Carolina’s Boxyard only opened in June, yet all tenant offerings are occupied, as people within the Research Triangle Park (RTP) and surrounding areas flock to eat, drink, collaborate and innovate. RTP was created in 1959 […]
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Innovation Hubs – A Platform to Accelerate the Levelling Up Agenda
We are living in a period of immense change. The centralisation of past decades is giving way to multipolarity as, up and down the country, there is recognition that improving investment, productivity, and social infrastructure outside of existing centres should be a priority.  This is, of course, not a new idea – recognition of regional disparity in the UK has long preceded the “levelling up” agenda – but the […]
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Pioneering Partnership to Boost Regional Innovation
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SME Tender Support Guide
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Transforming Public Procurement: Unleashing the Potential for Innovation
 
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Challenging Procurement – Events and Webinars
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Cityx – The Future of Connected Places Business Expo 2019
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Radical innovation for places: Can COVID-19 projects become a Catapult?
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Third Thursday: levelling up lessons from Belfast and beyond
With levelling up high on the political agenda, we invite Deborah Colville, City Innovation Manager & Head of Smart Belfast, to share her experiences
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How do you solve a problem like Procurement?
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Innovating Through Public Procurement, a UK – Brazil Combined Effort for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Growth
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Radical Innovation for Places post-COVID19 report
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Why Commissioning needs Radical Procurement
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Stepping from Procurement to Partnerships
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Plant a spotlight on the problems you are trying to solve, and open it up for others to innovate
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Innovation Partnerships: An effective but under-used tool for buying innovation
Case Study
So many procurement reports, such little time
The complexities of buying and selling in public sector markets can be a significant hurdle. There’s so many reports showcasing the range of possibilities open to innovation procurement teams.
Case Study
Making procurement easier for councils and businesses
Ask a pioneering local leader why they’re not harnessing the innovation opportunities of the market to solve their locality’s service challenges and you’ll often get the response; “Procurement policy doesn’t allow it”.
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Innovation Block? The Problem with Procurement
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Public Innovation Procurement Resource Kit
Ask a pioneering local leader why they’re not harnessing the innovation opportunities of the market to solve their locality’s service challenges and you’ll often get the response; “Procurement policy doesn’t allow it”.
Case Study
Seeding an innovation ecosystem in the Belfast City Region
The innovation economy is at the heart of Belfast’s past, present and future.