Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Highways Agency publishes new procurement strategy

The Highways Agency (HA) has today published its new procurement strategy, outlining its approach for the next 5-10 years to procurement of goods, services and construction expertise.

The strategy – called “Delivering Sustainable Value through Supply Chain Management” – sets out how the HA will procure the goods and services it needs as the operator of England’s major roads. It will also be used for the delivery of Government’s investment programme of up to £6 billion to improve motorways and major A roads.

Delivering Sustainable Value through Supply Chain Management (PDF 1MB)Summary (PDF 98KB)

The latest approach, which is structured around the three key themes of value for money, delivery and sustainability, is an extension of a 2001 strategy. It highlights new areas such as the HA's drive to greater commercial awareness and practices.


Highways Agency publishes new procurement strategy


The current project aims to map and better understand supply chain patterns, participants and their contributions as part of the continuing search for greater efficiencies and improved value for money.

HA procurement director, David Poole, said:

“Our new procurement strategy shows how we continue to build on the successes of the previous work, but it also makes clear the key role for procurement in meeting the evolving needs of our customers and the strategic road network.

“The approach will be essential in helping the Agency operate more commercially.  Specific initiatives, like supply chain mapping and the purchase and management of common category requirements hold the prospect of delivering parts of the managed motorway programme and other projects more efficiently and at better value for money.

“In this strategy we make it clear that we will be taking further steps to reward best-performing suppliers and those who respond most positively to the increasing challenges of the sustainability agenda.”

The procurement strategy can also be obtained in traditional booklet form by e-mailing karl.anderson@highways.gsi.gov.uk.