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Engineers in call to shun lowest price


THE ENGINEERING Employers Federation has called on the Government to eschew lowest-price bids in public sector procurement.

The organisation's submission to MPs on the trade and industry select committee argued that the public sector needed to 'base procurement decisions on value for money over the whole life of the product, instead of lowest cost at the time of purchase'.

The EEF is also pushing for earlier dialogue between clients and suppliers before tendering and more predictable workf lows to avoid a 'feast and famine' approach hindering UK capacity.

It adds: 'We need to see a step change in public procurement if it is to support improved performance.'