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4th October 2017

Improving market consultation

The 2017 NEPO Supplier Survey identified that 93% suppliers find pre-procurement market consultation valuable, and that the focus of these session should be technical specification and delivery of the contract, in addition to the details of the procurement process.

Market consultation can be undertaken in a variety of ways including events and surveys. It is a critical part of NEPO’s approach to procurement and can lead to the delivery of cost-effective, innovative solutions that offer maximum benefits for the North East.

NEPO recognise the importance of getting market consultation right and has developed a Market Consultation Guide to assist our procurement teams in the planning of the pre-procurement phase, helping them to learn from the marketplace and improve the procurement process.

The guide provides tools and information to help procurement teams:
  • Understand the benefits of engaging with the market
  • Understand what the procurement requirement is in relation to what the market may be able to offer
  • Maximise the potential for local supply and the achievement of social value.

Get involved: Notice of NEPO’s market consultation activity is sent to relevant suppliers on the NEPO Portal. So please ensure that your portal registration is up to date and accurately reflects the categories that your business operates in.

If you have any further comments or suggestions on how our approach to market consultation can be improved upon then we would love to hear from you (