The Development and Adoption of a New Joint Bidding System for Public Contracts in Wales

Andy Crossley, Gareth Coles, Rhian Edwards, Sue Hurrell, Nina Ruddle

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The paper describes the adoption of new SME friendly collaborative procurement processes in Wales and reports on some early successes. In 2012 the Welsh Government commissioned a team to research how SMEs could collaborate to access larger public sector contracts. This led to the publication of the new Joint Bidding Guide in 2013. The Guide leads both the selling and buying side through the procurement process ensuring joint bids are assessed in a fair and transparent manner. In 2014 the team was commissioned by the Welsh Government to advise leading procurement professionals in Wales on the adoption of the new Guide and map progress on up to 12 demonstration projects. The demonstration projects total more than €200 million in value.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRisks and Resilience of Collaborative Networks
Subtitle of host publication16th IFIP WG5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises
EditorsLuis Camarinha-Matos, Frederick Benaben, Willy Picard
Place of PublicationGermany
Number of pages630
ISBN (Electronic)9783319241418
ISBN (Print)9783319241401
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2015

Bibliographical note

The authors prepared and presented this paper as a summary of a 4 year programme sponsored by the UK Government and the EU. The paper is UK crown copyright.


  • Joint bidding
  • Procurement
  • Public sector
  • Project management


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