New Minor Works DPS to boost SME participation in public sector construction and related contracts
LPP is inviting would-be suppliers in the construction and related industries to apply to join its new ‘Minor Works Dynamic Purchasing System’ (DPS) which will cover works valued up to £500,000.
LPP is establishing the DPS to provide the NHS and other public sector organisations with a compliant procurement route for minor building works projects. A wide range of trades and services is included, from plastering and landscaping, to electrical installation, building refurbishment and office fit out. The DPS will provide an unlimited number of suitably qualified and experienced contractors for specified categories of work – the list of trades covered can be viewed on the DPS Online Portal.
A DPS is different to a traditional procurement ‘framework’ – it is a completely electronic system to enable an NHS trust or other public sector organisation to purchase goods, works or services through an ‘open market’ of potential suppliers, and new potential suppliers can join at any time.
Edward James, Workstream Lead at LPP, explains that “Establishing a DPS with multiple suppliers will help to create an environment which encourages fair competition. It allows potential suppliers to join at any time and choose whether to compete for all or any of the requirements for Minor Building Works for which they are considered suitable. It supports small and medium sized enterprises, or businesses with little or no experience in tendering for work with the public sector, as suppliers who may not be able to meet the selection criteria initially have the opportunity to review their processes, finances and capabilities and apply for acceptance onto the DPS at a later stage.
“The flexibility of keeping the DPS agreement open to new suppliers also benefits our customers. It enables public bodies to promote potential ‘calls for competition’ under the DPS in their geographical region, encouraging local potential suppliers to participate, and supports wider aims of working with local businesses for economic growth.”
To simplify the process for suppliers further, LPP will accept Constructionline membership in lieu of its full Pre-Qualification Questionnaire. If suppliers are already registered with Constructionline, they need only register their interest on the LPP DPS online portal.
Edward notes that “There is no requirement for suppliers not registered with Constructionline to do so, as suppliers can complete a PQQ in the usual manner – the portal landing page explains how to do this.”
Supplier information events: 19th and 20th November
Suppliers can find out more at a Supplier Briefing on the 19th November, and a Supplier Briefing Webinar on 20th November. To register to attend one of the briefings, to find out more about the DPS, or to apply to join the DPS if you are an interested supplier, please visit the LPP DPS portal.
LPP expects the DPS to be live for public sector organisations to use on 4th January 2016.
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