SFT looks to speed up procurement


The Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) is looking at how to speed up procurement and could seek to move away from competitive dialogue, its chief executive has said.

In an interview with Partnerships Bulletin, Barry White said the agency is looking at measures such as how quickly it can move more quickly to a two-bidder competition, as well as how it can increase standardisation of its documents.

“If we do all that, there is a question whether we can move away from competitive dialogue, and we are exploring that possibility,” he said, adding that the trust will start to take sounding from the market on such changes early next year.

White also suggested that proposals to increase Scottish devolution will make the work of the SFT even more important.
He said there will be a greater link between the performance of the economy and the amount of money the Scottish government has to spend. 

The SFT is currently identifying a series of projects, worth a combined £1bn, to put through its non-profit distributing model. Those schemes will be announced at the Draft Budget by Finance Minister John Swinney on 9 October. - To see more click here

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