The Efficiency and Reform Group hosts a conference twice a year that brings together Board level representatives from key suppliers to government with the client departments.
At the last conference, we gave notice of the Government’s determination to achieve 10-20% savings from public sector construction by 2015. Our aim is to achieve this in partnership with the industry, taking a fresh look at how we specify and procure construction and removing barriers to the industry’s ability to reform itself. From the work undertaken in the September conference, we have developed a framework of action, which has now been agreed by the Construction Clients Board and endorsed by Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Mark Prisk, the BIS Minister responsible for sponsorship of the industry. This plan will enable us to make sustainable savings through the removal of waste and inefficiency.
Today’s conference is aimed at giving key suppliers and client departments sight of some of the key initiatives that the government will be adopting and to involve them in a discussion on possible procurement models.