Innovation in Procurement


Helping London boroughs procure better

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Introduction


In its first year of operation, one of LOTI’s three work areas has focused on improving public sector’s technology procurement. As part of this, in November last year and in collaboration with Bloomberg Associates, we launched the City Tools: London – a report and dashboard which showcased all the technologies and accompanying contracts that enable local authorities in London to deliver their services.

Boroughs told us they’d like to see more of this data as standard, to enable them to share good practice about technologies they use and collaborate where possible, to procure better and to understand new innovations in the marketplace. To address these specific needs we built Thirty3 – a platform which with boroughs help and support, we hope will become the much needed one-stop for boroughs and SMEs.

Another strand we’ve initiated work on in the past year has been improving procurement processes, taking Housing Services contracts as an example of how things can be improved. Building on all this, we’ve recently commissioned the team at PUBLIC to work with us in three main areas:

  1. Creating Innovation in Procurement Guidance
  2. Applying the Innovation in Procurement Guidance to a specific opportunity
  3. Reviewing and suggesting improvements to Thirty3 Data

Collaborators


Resources


Innovation in Procurement Toolkit

Innovation in Procurement Tooklit by LOTI and PUBLIC - designed to help councils improve their procurement outcomes when purchasing technology products and services.

Project Timeline


03/03/2021

Invitation to showcase your Innovative Housing Solutions

Open invitation for SMEs to showcase their software solutions relevant to local authorities’ housing services management needs. Please apply online by Friday 19 March.

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Website version LOTI - Housing Workshop #3

09/12/2020

Housing Services Tender Workshop 3

In this workshop, boroughs explored the different procurement options that would help them realise more innovative procurement outcomes.

 

02/12/2020

Housing Services Tender Workshop 2

In this workshop, boroughs explored common business objectives, needs, and outcomes for users of Housing Services.

Website version - LOTI - Housing Services system Workshop #2

25/11/2020

WEBSITE version - LOTI - Housing Workshop #1

Housing Services Tender Workshop 1

Horizon scanning – in this workshop, boroughs were presented with details of legacy and innovative suppliers, informed by market analysis conducted by PUBLIC. The main discussion focused on the feasibility and desirability of suggested procurement approaches.

13/11/2020

Innovation in Procurement Toolkit

Developed in collaboration with PUBLIC, this toolkit helps to make technology procurement in London boroughs more collaborative, innovative, and effective.

30/09/2020

Summary of discussion on opportunities across:

  • Collaborative commissioning and joint procurement exercises
  • Sharing intelligence on market engagement
  • Aligning contracts and supplier relationship management practices
LOTI - Innovation in Procurement Workshop Summary (1)

LOTI Innovation in Procurement

07/09/2020

Small and large suppliers were invited to share their views in this survey.

01/09/2020

The PUBLIC team spent the first few weeks interviewing borough officers, to better understand the problems they face and opportunities for improving procurement. This is a summary of activities and key problem areas.

10/08/2020

PUBLIC appointed

Project Kick-off