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'The effectiveness of public procurement is vital to our economy, our environment and most importantly, for the users of buildings. We need procurement that delivers buildings of the best value and highest quality.'
Angela Brady, RIBA President, 2011 - 2013
The RIBA has called on members to play an active role in procurement reform by making use of the government's 'Mystery Shopper' service. The Mystery Shopper has been launched by the Cabinet Office - which is leading the programme of procurement reform across government – in order to make it easier for suppliers and those bidding for contracts to report poor procurement practice within any public bodies. The government has pledged to investigate each complaint received and take action where possible to ensure that practice is improved. Francis Maude, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, has recently announced an extension to this service to include issues involving unfair practices in the supply chain. The role of the scheme is to:
The RIBA encourages members to use this Government facility and report poor procurement practice. To find out more information about the scheme, please visit the Cabinet Office website.
This report contains the RIBA's detailed recommendations to government on the reforms we believe are needed.
The RIBA commissioned Mirza & Nacey Research to conduct an online survey amongst architectural practices during the period January to February 2012.
This series of case studies highlights areas of procurement practice where we have recommended that reforms are necessary.
This report was prepared for the RIBA by law firm Burges Salmon LLP and looks at procurement regulation and practice in Germany, Sweden and the UK.