Collaborative Procurement mark: Frequently Asked Questions



What is the Collaborative Procurement mark?

The Collaborative Procurement mark is a brand logo which is designed for the wide range of audiences across central government and the wider public sector. Its purpose is to signpost procurement practitioners to the specific procurement initiatives and outputs which seek to deliver savings within the pan-government's Collaborative Procurement programme.

Who owns it?

The logo is a trademark owned by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC). The Collaborative Category Boards (CCB) for each category of spend covered by the pan- government Collaborative procurement programme will decide whether an application to apply the mark is approved and will manage its use. Why was the mark developed? The Collaborative Procurement mark was developed by the OGC in response to a specific request by its strategic partners. They wanted to be able demonstrate, in a quick, easy and visual way that many organisations worked together to deliver greater value for money in public sector procurement. By using agreements and best practice which have been branded with the mark, procurers can recognise and be confident that they are supporting the pan-government procurement programme, which is delivering savings from its collective spend.

Why is collaboration vital?

Collaboration and savings taxpayer's money has never been so important. The current economic climate means that public spending is coming under increased pressure and scrutiny with all parts of the public sector expected to work together and contribute to significant procurement savings now and in the future. As part of the Operational Efficiency Programme (OEP) the public sector is expected to make significant savings. By 2010/11 central government has a target to ensure that 80% of all procurement is channelled through Professional Buying Organisations and other collaborative strategies; the wider public sector is set at 50%.The sign-posting of the mark will help procurers identify best practice and help achieve those targets.

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