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Julie-Ann McCaffrey reports on a recent ruling dealing with abnormally low bids

Abnormally low bids have been a subject of conversation for authorities and aggrieved bidders in recent times. While the authority wants to achieve value for money by receiving goods, services or works from a suitably qualified contractor at the best price, it also wants to ensure that the contractor can deliver the contract properly and fulfil the contract at the price quoted.

Lisa Boyd looks at the promotion of SME engagement under the 2015 Public Contracts Regulations

Contracting authorities strive to achieve value for money through their various procurement exercises and in recent years we have seen a move towards shared services and larger contracts which offer greater economies of scale. This, however, in turn has the potential to reduce opportunities for smaller companies and in some cases can actually have the effect of reducing competition. As the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015) promote SME participation, the new rules on the division of lots are one of many mechanisms to increase SME engagement.

Lisa Boyd examines the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 in relation to abnormally low tenders

Most authorities want to achieve value for money by obtaining goods, services or works from a suitably qualified contractor at the best price. An abnormally low tender presents a potential risk to the authority in that the contractor may not deliver the contract properly or may seek additional payment and thus not fulfil the contract for the price quoted.

Julie-Ann McCaffrey reviews the power to exclude poor performing contractors

It is election season once again in the UK and, as the parties actively gear up their political campaigns putting their best feet forward, many voters will look at the performance of the candidates over the past few years in order to assess who will win their vote. A similarity can be drawn between election campaigns and the public procurement process.