The perils of failing to procure correctly


By Mark Rhys-Jones

The failure of any procurement process is costly for the awarding body and the bidders and can also be a very public embarrassment.

In the adapted words of Oscar Wilde “To lose one procurement process may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two ....”

Not only is this a cautionary warning to public bodies of the need to procure correctly it also serves to remind bidders that a legal challenge can be a very effective tool to correct things when they go wrong.

A review has been launched into how a £500m job support scheme failed to get off the ground for a second time.
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