Universities take off after procurement pilot

Three major UK universities will be the first in the country to implement a new system that allows single-click access between the UK’s largest register of pre-qualified construction businesses and a major e-procurement provider.

The London School of Economics (LSE), University of Greenwich and King’s College London will now be able to view contractors’ Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) data from Government-backed supplier register Constructionline through their existing purchasing software, In-Tend.

An initial pilot in 2010, completed by LSE and King’s, has lead to the scheme being adopted at the three London-based universities and will be rolled out across the procurement departments of any British universities that use In-Tend.

All three institutions can now view qualified suppliers registered to each system through one browser – reducing the time spent selecting suitable candidates.

Matt Kearsley, project manager at Constructionline, said: “Completing pre-qualification questionnaires is a costly, but essential, process for many of Britain’s universities to ensure they can reach quality suppliers.

“By enabling these establishments to integrate both the In-Tend and Constructionline systems, we can help dramatically reduce the time each spends creating tender lists, helping slash administrative costs.”

Pete Crowe, purchasing advisor at LSE, said: “Using both procurement systems in tandem has freed up a large amount of resource that can now be focused on the more complex phases of our procurement process such as health and safety management.”

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