“In twenty-hundred and twenty-two (2022)
Procurement was conceived anew.
There were five ways, wares to obtain;
But now, through progress, two remain.
We can fore-see (4C), we know our stuff;
We’ll help you chart the waters rough.
New terms are used, and we can deduce:
Which procedure, you should choose.
Our legal compass helps us know
Which of the pathways, you should go.”
As with Columbus, 531 years ago, we’re navigating different waters of public procurement options and, as we do, 4C is here to help you prepare for the New World of buying, which may land as early as later this year or, if not, early next.
Our team of dedicated public procurement professionals, like the original explorers, can explain by either translating the old procedures into new ones (if that is what you need) or, if not, explaining the landscape to you afresh.
We can help you prepare for what looks like a reduction in the number of procedures but which might use some complicated, less obvious, language. For example, among the 12 notices that may be used under the new regime, is the newly deemed termination notice – this is not to signal that the contract is over but that procurement has – in the old language – been abandoned. Like an old shipwreck or treasure. There are templates which may be available, like flotsam or jetsam, or which we can discover and develop together.
Among the latest of our booty discoveries is that the thresholds for publication on Contracts Finder rose late last year, back up to £10,000 for central bodies and £25,000 for other public bodies (exclusive of VAT) (£12,000 and £30,000, inclusive of VAT, respectively). That’s courtesy of the Public Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2022, which came into force on the shortest day of the year, 21 December 2022, and amended regulation 109 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
Don’t feel stranded: You can always call on 4C Associates to help you through uncharted territory.