Jun 24, 2021

CCTPA Brings Cutting-Edge Tech to Public Sector Procurement

Elise Leise
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CIPFA and CPRAS team up to create a joint technology procurement organisation—and bridge the public sector knowledge gap

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Cost and Procurement Advisory Service (CPRAS) have teamed up to create a joint technology procurement organisation—CCTPA. As innovation speeds up, our government can’t be left behind. The membership associate will support tech procurement in the public sector, develop procurement models that mitigate risk, and streamline operations for universities, city councils, and other public organisations. ‘Through the CCPTA, we look forward to bridging the knowledge gap and bringing best-in-class solutions right across the public sector’, said Andy Burns, CCTPA chair


CIPFA and CPRAS: Who Are They? 

Let’s start with CIPFA, the only professional accountancy firm in the world exclusively dedicated to public finance. The organisation includes 14,000 members working for public services in national audit agencies and major accountancy firms. CIPFA is now partnering with CPRAS, a leading fintech procurement solutions company. It offers both customised frameworks to help its clients reduce time and risk, and it’s garnered a significant track record of high-quality service. 


In one example, CPRAS helped the Aylesbury Vale District Council save more than 50% on card processing. Rosanna Iannone, Council Financial Systems Manager, characterised it as ‘an extremely seamless process...probably one of the best change projects I’ve worked on’. 


What Will the Partnership Accomplish? 

As we’ve all learned over the past year, private enterprise isn’t the only procurement operation in the game. Public workers and government officials must keep our cities running—purchasing everything from engineering materials for bridges and roads to emergency healthcare supplies such as PPE, masks, and jabs. ‘From local councils to central government, from health and education authorities to charities, all public sector organisations can benefit from the latest technology solutions’, CPRAS wrote


Now, the CCTPA will work with its members on procurement frameworks as well as educate them about how to iterate and improve their operations. Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day; teach a man how to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime. This is especially critical in introducing AI, blockchain, or IoT. Said Marcus Baxby, CIPFA Strategic Alliances Manager: ‘[We want] to bridge the gap between public sector organisations and the tech sector, particularly in frontier technologies’. Added Andy Burns, CCTPA chair: ‘Yet we know that it can be challenging for public institutions to keep up with the latest advances’. 


Why Does CCTPA Matter? 

Right now, our public procurement teams are being asked to do more with less. It’s challenging for them to keep up with the deep pockets of private enterprise, especially as cutting-edge technologies enter the market. Now, the pandemic has highlighted the urgent need for public procurement innovation. Furthermore, the industry has shown that it can digitalise under pressure—and CCTPA can help it capitalise on this opportunity. 

Said Richard Hallewell, CCPTA’s CEO: ‘When the UK entered lockdown for the first time last year, the technology community went into overdrive. It wasn’t just start-ups either—traditional businesses had staff working to develop game-changing solutions’. He added: ‘We’re proud to be working with CIPFA to bring these solutions to the very institutions that need them the most’.

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Jul 26, 2021

Critiqom land four-year multi-million-pound procurement deal

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Communications Specialist, Critiqom, secures four-year multi-million-pound agreement for supply of postal services with Scottish Procurement

Critiqom, a Scottish-based communications business, recently announced its ground-breaking multi-million deal, which will see those accessing services through Scottish Procurement given the option to modernise their communications approach. 

By providing an increased amount of choice in communications, the company says it will succeed in ensuring a reduced environmental impact linked to mail production. 

The Opus Trust Communications company, which is accessed by the likes of local authorities, police, universities, central government, and other public sector bodies, insists that choosing a local supplier to aid in enhancing the efficiency of public sector communications would subsequently speed up its goal to go green.

“This is an opportunity to look at the bigger picture and to use our knowledge to accelerate change for public sector organisations in Scotland,” says Director at Critiqom, Gerry Crawley. 

“We know that we can deliver great efficiencies and cost savings by encouraging the public sector in Scotland to adopt a new approach that embraces digital technologies.”

The tender also introduced a second lot, focusing on digital communications and hybrid mail, in an attempt to administer reduced costs for its customers. All services within the framework agreement will also be delivered in-house. 

It seems the overall aim for the deal with Scottish Procurement lies with innovating and modernising the communications sector, resulting in lower prices and an increased focus on sustainability. 

Who is Critiqom?

Based in Bellshill, Scotland, Critiqom supplies omnichannel solutions for companies, businesses, and organisations, all while claiming to provide innovation and drive engagement simultaneously with reducing the costs of its operations. 

Its vision: to become the UK’s multi-channel communication service of choice. But how is it aiming to get there?

Critiqom insists that by spearheading customer communications with partnership and modernisation, they can achieve exceptional levels of service and choice delivered to their clients. By churning out consistently high-quality operations and by generating revenue with an emphasis on sustainability, it intends to achieve the reduced costs in communications that its clients are looking for. 

Why sign the deal now?

Increasingly, more and more companies are being put under pressure to ensure their carbon footprint and sustainable strategies are aligned with, or surpassing, competition in their field. As attention is drawn to the climate and concerns arise over the sustainability of large companies in the future, the majority of businesses are battling with time to decrease their impact on the environment and ensure policies are put into place to show their progress.

Crawley states that, where possible, the company aims to provide as little distance as necessary between manufacturing and the recipient. The tender boldly claims it looks to help steer the direction in which organisations think and showcase how digitalising communications can only serve to benefit the economy and environment on a large scale.

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