Cabinet Office advisor to outline procurement changes

One of the authors of the government's new construction strategy designed to exploit the potential for public procurement to drive growth is to address a trade seminar in Manchester in June.

Paul Meigh, deputy director for construction and efficiency reform in the Cabinet Office, will present the strategy, with an emphasis on implications for public sector construction procurement and expectations of responses to the strategy from suppliers.

The event is organised by the Centre for Construction Innovation and is due to be held on Monday 13 June from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Cube on Portland Street in Manchester.

The strategy calls for a change in the relationship between public authorities and the construction industry to ensure the government consistently gets a good deal and the country gets the social and economic infrastructure it needs for the long-term.

The CCI said the strategy aims to replace adversarial cultures with collaborative ones; and will demand cost reduction and innovation within the supply chain to maintain market position – rather than innovation that is focused on the bidding process.

The seminar and discussions will be chaired by Peter McDermott, director of the CCI. A response to the strategy will be given by John Lorimer, capital programmes director at Manchester City Council, and chairman of the North West Construction Hub.

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