I would like to see digital technology used to facilitate open fair and transparent procurement at Croydon Council. We as a business have been trying to offer our senior skills to the council for over two years. L of our emails have been answered by Croydon staff. We have no idea how procurement works and yet see a huge amount of spend we could tender for if only the work wasn’t procured by the back door. Please don’t put on events for business owners to pay lip service . We hear the same from other businesses in the area many of whom have more luck with neighbouring councils

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  1. Hello, sorry to hear that this has been your experience.

    We have a policy of buying local where possible, where we have a need that is matched by a local supplier. We are also bound by procurement law meaning we have to ensure fair process and balance the above with both quality and price considerations.

    The council is only one possible source of public sector contracts, though – and our event in Feb (aimed at tech businesses) on selling to the public sector was by no means lip service, instead helping our businesses understand how to navigate the procurement rules, and the processes that those rules necessitate, to access all public sector opportunities not just the limited set of council contracts.

    Having said all that, your point is taken and we hear you loud and clear – we’ll give it some thought and see how it can be addressed through our strategy.

    One thing that may help you is that alongside our strategy, we will be publishing an open roadmap of upcoming digital and tech projects in the council – which we will keep continually up to date going forwards – so you and other local SMEs will be able to see that and talk to us about how you can help.

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