If you are charged with procurement for a public sector institution you already know how challenging this task can be. While you would make every possible effort to best utilize taxpayer’s money, chances of erring in judgement does loom over every decision. Scanning through multiple bids and procuring all essentials at the best price isn’t the easiest things to do on the planet. To ensure that you take informed decisions you can rely on procurement directories as most people in charge of procurement do in the United Kingdom. From planning and budgeting to auditing, such directories come in handy at every stage of the procurement process. Let us take a look at some areas in which these directories are helping different institutions.
# School Databases
These have become the go-to guides for all head teachers and bursars. The school databases have helped cut down on the procurement time for all essential necessities for public and independent schools. Anybody from the school who has procurement responsibilities upon his/her shoulder can quickly access the list of vendors who are supplying similar items within the state. This directory allows them to obtain the best quotes from vendors who are accustomed to supplying items to schools.
# NHS Directory
The National Procurement Directory has become immensely popular among Health Authorities, Hospital Trusts, Mental Health Trusts, GP Clinical Commissioning Groups and Ambulance Service Trusts in the UK. It contains the list and details of all companies that regularly supply essential to different types of healthcare institutions. Along with these institutions this directory has also worked to the benefit of companies that have established a reputation for meeting orders on time and delivering quality products.
# Emergency Services
For every officer charged with procurement among emergency services this directory has helped in cutting down the procurement time and also allowed them to award orders to the best vendors. From Police, Fire and Rescue Services to Ambulance Trusts and Maritime and Coast Guard Agency, every agency that offers Emergency Services is using this directory to exchange information among various institutions and procure all their requirements at the best price.
# Local Governments
Often charged with large annual spending most local governments rely on the directory while making big ticket purchases. It allows people vested with procurement responsibilities to easily communicate with other councils that may be working with certain suppliers or may have procured similar items in the recent past. It has come as a huge benefit as it has expedited projects of public interests.
These directories are meticulously prepared and updated every year to provide users with the latest information. They are often distributed for free to all public institutions enabling them to make the most informed decisions when it comes to procurement.