20 July 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has published its annual report and accounts for 2016/17, "highlighting a year of steady progress" it claims.
The report shows £12.4 billion of common goods and services are now being procured through CCS, whose aim is to become the 'go to' provider for the procurement of common goods and services across the entire public sector.
During the year, CCS - an executive agency of the Cabinet Office - has delivered £430 million in commercial benefits including savings for central government, and £295 million for the wider public sector - helping to deliver more efficient public services.
Thousands more small and medium-sized businesses are successfully bidding to become government suppliers, and 32 of the government's largest suppliers have now signed the Prompt Payment Code - pledging to back small businesses by paying invoices on time, says the CCS.
Performance highlights for 2016/17 include:
- £12.4 billion of public sector procurement spend channelled through CCS commercial arrangements including frameworks - £6bn from central government, £6.4bn from the wider public sector - an increase of £1.1bn compared with £11.3bn in 2015/16 on a like-for-like basis.
- £430 million commercial benefits including savings achieved for central government.
- £295m commercial benefits including savings achieved for the wider public sector.
- All 32 of the government's strategic suppliers have now signed the Prompt Payment Code.
- Money spent directly with SMEs across the country via CCS frameworks has increased from £702m (2015/16) to £879m (2016/17).