The Cabinet Office has launched a Single Supplier Registration platform to simplify the tendering process for public sector contracts.
At present, to bid for public sector and government contracts, suppliers have to register on many different systems to view, access and tender for business opportunities. This makes tendering more difficult – increasing time and costs.
The new centralised system should make bidding for government and public sector opportunities easier and cheaper. The Single Supplier Registration should enable suppliers to register just once to gain access to a range of contracts.
Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude, said:
“We’ve always said we want to simplify the procurement process, and it won’t make it easier for new suppliers to bid for government business if we’re asking them to register on several systems in order to access these opportunities.
“That’s why we asked GPS to bring together the current myriad systems and tools into one single place of registration, holding accurate and up-to-date information on suppliers. It’s simple and innovative; it will reduce the time and cost spent tendering for government business – especially important for SMEs – and will improve how we share analysis of supplier financial information across government.”
The new Single Supplier Registration platform is available from April 2013 for the health sector (replacing the existing SID4health system) and should extend across other sectors in the following months.
Full details at the Cabinet Office
It will be very interesting to see how this develops – there are just too many different portals and systems to keep track of. Some charge to register (eg Achilles and ConstructionLine) but appear to be just another filter as suppliers still need to complete comprehensive PQQs to get to tender.
If anyone has dealt with the Single Supplier Registration platform, please do comment to share your experience.