Public procurement—private sector considerations
Produced in partnership with Jane Crees of Sharpe Pritchard
Public procurement—private sector considerations

The following Local Government practice note produced in partnership with Jane Crees of Sharpe Pritchard provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Public procurement—private sector considerations
  • Brexit impact—public procurement
  • Where to find public procurement opportunities
  • Finding public procurement opportunities from IP completion day
  • Selection questionnaires
  • Preliminary market consultation
  • What to expect from the public procurement process
  • Higher value contracts
  • Lower value contracts
  • Getting public procurement-ready
  • More...

Public procurement is a buying process essentially similar to its private sector counterpart. However, procurement by contracting authorities in the public sector is driven by legal requirements that do not constrain private sector buyers and by national and local policy imperatives, which may themselves be in tension.

Public procurement is a complex process. This complexity presents a considerable management challenge for public sector practitioners. For bidders, whether in the commercial or not-for-profit sectors, it can also be challenging.

This Practice Note is addressed to those looking to bid for public contracts subject to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015). It explains where opportunities may be found, what to expect from the public procurement process and how to get ‘procurement-ready’ when transacting with the public sector.

For background reading, see Practice Notes: Introduction to public contracts procurement and Public procurement—a short guide for bidders.

Brexit impact—public procurement

The UK public procurement regime derives from EU public procurement laws, and is therefore impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For further reading on the impact of Brexit on public procurement, see Practice Note: Brexit—the implications for public procurement.

Where to find public procurement opportunities

Finding and qualifying bidding opportunities are primary tasks.

For higher value contracts advertised in the EU (ie contracts above EU financial thresholds—see Practice Note: EU procurement thresholds) the usual place to start would be the online version

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