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Devon Districts Procurement Strategy 2019-2022

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5. Outcomes

From the 2018 assessment the District authorities have identified three key areas for improvement and in addition to these themes the District Authorities have identified a number of authority specific objectives. As a result the following topics will be the focus of this strategy:
Contract Management

This will cover the following key areas identified in the NPS 2018:

  • Engaging Strategic Suppliers - refers to the process of identifying strategic suppliers and engaging with them to improve performance, reduce cost, mitigate risk and harness innovation.
  • Managing contracts and relationships - refers to the effective management and control of all contracts from their planned inception until their completion by the appointed contractor(s)

Sustainable Procurement

This will cover the following key area identified in the NPS 2018:

Obtaining social value - refers to wider financial and non-financial impacts of programmes, organisations and interventions, including the wellbeing of individuals and communities, social capital and the environment.

Engagement with SMEs/VCSE

This will cover the following key areas identified in the NPS 2018:

  • Engaging local small medium enterprises (SMEs) and micro-businesses -  SMEs play a major role in creating jobs and generating income for those on low incomes; they help foster economic growth, social stability, are a source of innovation and contribute to the development of a dynamic private sector.
  • Enabling voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) engagement - VCSE organisations can play a critical and integral role in health and social care, including as providers of services; advocates; and representing the voice of service users, patients and carers.

Central government has a target of 33% of all contracts to be delivered or sub-contracted to SMEs by 2020.