A recent UK government produced code of conduct for suppliers states:
“We also expect suppliers to speak out, without fear of consequences, when a project or service is unlikely to succeed because of our behaviours or a lack of good governance.” “We expect the same behaviour when a contract is no longer fit for purpose, e.g in its contractual stipulations or measures.”
The code goes on to say “Citizens expect government to obtain value for every taxpayer pound and to be able to demonstrate that long-term value to the UK taxpayer. This means that contracts should be priced to offer sustainable value throughout their life, including when changes are needed.”
On the other side of the coin the same code is asking suppliers not to exploit any incumbent or monopolistic position.
The challenge for the public sector is to ensure contracts remain fit for purpose and stop themselves from being exploited at a time when previous government reports have highlighted a shortage of commercial skills in the sector.
This is where ContractsWise can step in and offer fantastic support. With our easy to use, affordable and effective contract management software tools ECMS and ECAS we will help you track contract performance and risk and through automated engagement with stakeholders and will help you identify how contract performance can be improved.
We are ISO27001 – Data Security certified and for the UK public sector the software can be easily procured through the CCS G-Cloud framework.
We also provide a contract management e-learning package that is suitable for experienced and novice contract managers.