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OGC launches innovation pamphlet

Released on 09/07/2009

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has today launched a new pamphlet to provide guidance to those working in government on how they can utilise its £175bn of purchasing power to drive both buyer and supplier innovation in the procurement process.

The new pamphlet, Driving innovation through public procurement, challenges departments to look at innovation as a tool to transform public services and potentially create new markets. It shows public procurers how to foster innovation at every stage of the procurement process in order to realise benefits for the public purse and economy as a whole. 

Using clear examples, the pamphlet demonstrates the positives steps that procurers can take at the various stages of the procurement process to encourage innovation. It shoes how innovation can be addressed in a way that is consistent with value for money and the legal framework for public procurement. It seeks to encourage public sector organisations to be intelligent, demanding customers and open to new ideas.

Specifically, the pamphlet focuses on ways to encourage innovation in the design and delivery of public services, the procurement of innovative products and services, and innovative procurement processes and models.

Speaking at a civil service conference aimed at inspiring innovation across the entire civil service, OGC chief executive, Nigel Smith said:

"Innovation is a key element in driving greater value for money from public sector procurement. By encouraging suppliers to develop novel techniques to help deliver public services we will continue to drive improvements in the performance of public services."

The new pamphlet "Driving innovation through public procurement" shows government departments how they can encourage suppliers to use their capabilities and know-how to innovate in ways that will benefit both public services and the wider economy. Public procurers have an important part to play in making the UK the best place in the world to be an innovative business or public sector or third sector organisation." 

The pamphlet Driving innovation through public procurement can be accessed via the OGC website.

Notes to editors

About the OGC

The OGC is an independent office of HM Treasury, established to help Government deliver best value from its spending.  The OGC works with central Government departments and other public sector organisations to ensure the achievement of six key goals:

  • Delivery of value for money from third party spend; 
  • Delivery of projects to time, quality and cost, realising benefits; 
  • Getting the best from the Government's £30bn estate;  
  • Improving the sustainability of the Government estate and operations, including reducing carbon emissions by 12.5% by 2010-11, through stronger performance management and guidance;  
  • Helping achieve delivery of further Government policy goals, including innovation, equality, and support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs);
  • And driving forward the improvement of central Government capability in procurement, project and programme management, and estates management through the development of people skills, processes and tools.

OGC provides policy standards and guidance on best practice in procurement, projects and estate management, and monitors and challenges departments' performance against these standards, grounded in an evidence base of information and assurance.  It promotes and fosters collaborative procurement across the public sector to deliver better value for money and better public services; and it provides innovative ways to develop Government's commercial and procurement capability, including leadership of the Government Procurement Service.

Media contact:
Michael Dunning, Media Relations Manager, OGC
T: 020 7271 1318
M: 07771 815245

Contact details:
OGC Service Desk
Tel: 0845 000 4999