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CAN Calls on Region to Engage Smart Practices

The Construction Alliance North East (CAN) has updated its Intelligent Procurement policy to encourage regional client bodies to help to create fairer processes for local SME contractors. In turn, this will help them succeed in winning more work.

The Alliance first issued its policy in November 2019 as its members sought to level the playing field of procurement opportunities throughout the public and private sectors. As the sector emerges from a gruelling 18 months, it is more important than ever for businesses to maximise their procurement potential at a time when all contractors are trying to recoup the losses of 202.

CAN Chair Ken Parkin said: “I don’t think there is a business in our region that has not been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure of sites during the various periods of lockdown, staff issues and now ongoing materials shortages in our industry, means many firms are still battling the financial impact of the pandemic.

“This means that as we re-engage with procurement processes, it is vital that we approach tenders with a united front and ensure our regional SMEs do not suffer further pain by missing out on local contract award wins.

“Our Intelligent Procurement policy is built around securing a local workforce, advocating spend with North East firms to support our regional economy and ultimately enabling development at a local level, while increasing overall output.”

Amongst the key aims and objectives of the policy are meeting with procuring bodies to identify their challenges and lobbying for greater consistency and realism from the public sector on projects to be developed.

In addition to this, CAN works to help secure strategic support from the North East’s public and private organisation leaders, whilst encouraging the award of relevant projects to the most appropriate company.

Mr Parkin added: “Intelligent procurement is central to our agenda and our key mission is to place our region’s construction companies at the heart of public and private sector supply chain strategies.

“It is also important that CAN understands national issues which affect us here in the North East so we can learn from this in the future and explain it to our regional membership.”

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