The power of procurement
This new research publication explores the increasing importance of the function of procurement. In challenging financial times, local government will increasingly have to ensure that each pound they spend reaps maximum benefit. Utilising research work undertaken with Manchester City Council over the course of the last year and a half the publication outlines the local economic, social and environmental benefits of the City Council’s spending and the reasons as to why the process has been effective in Manchester. It contextualises this in the current policy agenda and highlights a series of recommendations for local and central government as to how the process of procurement can reap further benefit in the future. The regeneration of communities is one area in which procurement will have increasing influence over.