South West Wales Best Practice Club – ‘No Turning Back – Review’
‘No Turning Back’ was a ground-breaking publication that gained the support of Welsh Government and industry with its clear recommendations for how Welsh Public Sector construction needed to change. That was five years ago. But has our industry moved on? How has construction in the Public Sector fared against the recommendations set out in October 2010?
There is no doubt the ‘No Turning Back’ report created momentum, and its recommendations established a strong platform for improvement. Indeed, a great deal of the momentum and foundation for change has stemmed from the support and leadership of Jane Hutt AM, Minister for Finance and Government Business. Some commentators have suggested that significant progress has been made, pointing to the Welsh Government’s Procurement Strategy, SQuID, the Forward Programme of Work and the creation of a Community Benefits Toolkit. But the only way to find out for sure is to ask the industry directly. That is why we have commissioned this follow-up report.
We surveyed stakeholders and conducted in-depth interviews with decision-makers from the construction supply chain to find out what they thought of Public Sector procurement and delivery in Wales today. What progress has been made? Have practices become more collaborative? How far have procurement and payment processes been standardised? Has value superseded lowest price as the winning criterion in project bids?
We have done that and we are now ready to share with you the outcome of the Review together with the recommendations.
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