In a letter to Business Voice, Maude has highlighted how the efficiency and reform group he set up in 2010 is trying to slice out waste.
The minister also emphasised the opportunities available to SMEs, pointing out the following:
- “Our procurement reforms are stripping out unnecessary bureaucracy to ensure SMEs can compete on equal terms with bigger players.”
- “Our spend with SMEs is significantly higher now than it was in 2010.”
- “In the digital world, our recently-launched services framework contains 84 per cent SMEs.”
Maude added: “We know that outsourcing can improve services and save money. But in the past Whitehall has not been good enough at managing contracts. Our long-overdue reforms are all about sharpening commercial capability.”
The government has already introduced Crown representatives from the private sector to improve its relationships with suppliers and negotiate better contracts. This year it will also launch the Crown Commercial Service to bring together its commercial capability into a single organisation, which will ensure “more informed purchasing, intelligent supplier engagement andsmarter contract and relationship management.”
Procurement reforms “saved taxpayers £3.8bn last year,” Maude said.
For more information read the full letter and interview with MITIE chief executive Ruby MacGregor-Smith that it accompanied.
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