Supply Chain Analysis in the UK Construction Sector

Supply Chain Analysis in the UK Construction Sector

This document outlines an invitation to tender for an ambitious and innovative piece of research which will take a small sample of construction projects, track the cost back through their supply chains, interview contractors and suppliers to identify scope for cost savings and recommend action to overcome barriers to those savings.

Reference number: BIS/RBU/028/2012

Deadline date:11/03/2013

This deadline is for… noon on 11th March closing time for submitting your tenders

Contract value:£0 – £80,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: United Kingdom

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: Business, Innovation and Skills

 

Description of the contract

In September 2012, Vince Cable, the secretary of state for Business, Skills and Innovation, outlined a vision for a new industrial strategy . It would be about looking to the future, to setting out a long-term, whole of Government approach to how government supports business and aligning activity to deliver it. This will give confidence now for investment and growth. As part of developing the strategy, new strategic partnerships will be developed with industry to: • be long-term in focus: developing a vision for the sector and what needs to happen from both government and business to get there. • be co-created with industry: committing both business and government to specific actions to maintain and develop long-term capabilities. • take a whole of government approach: looking across all Government to identify barriers and levers which have the biggest impacts and align these to deliver growth. • engage across the sector landscape: working with and identifying actions which benefit business across the whole supply chain whether they are large, medium or small. Developing and delivering the industry strategy is a key priority for BIS and construction is one of the key enabling sectors receiving a specific sector strategy in 2013. As part of the research and analysis underpinning the strategy, BIS is looking to address acknowledged evidence gaps in the sector. Conversations with business stakeholders and trade associations suggest that there may be scope for cost savings and productivity gains from improved engagement between contractors and their suppliers in the construction supply chain (see Figure 1). Whilst construction contractors regularly engage with their own supply chains, empirical analysis of value created at different levels of construction supply chains in the UK is limited and tends to be anecdotal. As a result knowledge of the sticking points, bottle necks and potential efficiencies in construction supply chains is not as developed as it could be. This document outlines an invitation to tender for an ambitious and innovative piece of research which will take a small sample of construction projects, track the cost back through their supply chains, interview contractors and suppliers to identify scope for cost savings and recommend action to overcome barriers to those savings. In this way, we hope to pull out lessons for industry and Government on how to improve the engagement between suppliers so the industry can be more productive and competitive.

 

Classification of the contract

73000000 Research and development services and related consultancy services

 

Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? Yes :

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 15/03/2013 – 26/06/2013

 

Who to contact

Contact name Carole Hobson

Organisation name Business, Innovation and Skills

Address 2 St Paul’s Place, 125 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 2FJ

Telephone 0114 2075120

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How to apply

Tenders must be submitted to RBU@bis.gsi.gov.uk only. Queries should be addressed to nick.scott@bis.gsi.gov.uk