Time to go straight ahead

Has public sector construction improved since 2010? CEW asked its stakeholders some difficult questions to determine just how far Welsh construction has come since the publication of No Turning Back. Find out the results.

3rd September 2015

'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?

The only way to find out for sure is to ask the industry directly. That is why we have commissioned a 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 Has value superseded lowest price as the winning criterion in project bids?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. Come and hear the results and join the debate so you can play your part in driving public sector construction further forward.

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.

Do you agree? Come to the event taking place in Swansea on 18th September to find out.

Contact our team and save the date: Friday 18th September 2015, Swansea – 7.30am registration, 7.45am breakfast served, approximately 9.15am finish.