New partnership demystifies transformative technology for public sector procurement

CIPFA has teamed up with CPRAS to launch a new not-for-profit membership association that will better enable public sector organisations to take advantage of innovative technologies with the potential to transform services for communities.

The CIPFA/CPRAS Technology Procurement Association (CCTPA) will act as a bridge between those in the public sector looking to make savings and improve services, and the ever-changing world of technology.

Drawing upon a team of experts, the CCTPA will develop procurement frameworks and pathways that de-risk and streamline the tendering process for councils, universities and other public sector organisations.

In consultation with the sector and following a May workshop, development of procurement pathways will now begin. These will support the sector to tackle issues as diverse as the climate crisis, asset management and organisational efficiency.

Andy Burns, CCTPA Chair, said:

“The public sector has adapted to operating digitally at pace remarkably well, particularly over the last year. The pandemic has shone a light on the opportunities technology presents to improve services and increase value for money for local taxpayers.

“However, with technology progressing so rapidly, it can be challenging for public institutions to keep up with the latest advances. Now more than ever, the sector needs support as they are asked to do more with ever-decreasing resources.

“Through the CCTPA, we look forward to bridging the knowledge gap and bringing best-in-class solutions right across the public sector.”

Richard Hallewell, CCTPA CEO, said:

“When the UK entered lockdown for the first time last year, the technology community went into overdrive. It wasn’t just start-ups either – traditional businesses had staff working to develop game-changing solutions.

“We will be working closely with all areas of the public sector, running events and workshops to ensure that the most appropriate and transformative services are made available to meet the different needs of every public sector institution.”

“We’re proud to be working with CIPFA to bring these solutions to the very institutions that need them the most.”

Any public sector organisation with a procurement requirement is invited to contact Hazel Stenson on 07979964333