VB Project Idea

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VB Project Idea
Priority 1 Thinking Growth: Supporting growth in North Sea Region economies
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Region Västra Götaland
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Central Aim

Through transnational exchange of experiences develop innovative procurement models that enable collaboration between the public sector and small and medium sized enterprises (including social economy) with the aim of securing future welfare. To strengthen and take advantage of innovation in order to deliver quality products and services to citizens.

Project Description

Today´s models for public procurement do not contribute to sustainable development, innovation and growth in the way that they could. One reason for this is the lack of SME participation and partnerships between public and private sector.

Although much has been done to promote participation of SMEs in procurement, it is still a small percentage who do participate. At the same time, public authorities struggle with the conflicting ambitions of stimulating competition, achieving the best value for money, good quality and also difficulties in securing sustainable logistics.

A higher participation of SMEs in public procurement can lead to many benefits for the companies, including economic growth and increased job opportunities. At the same time the public sector, achieves access to a wider range of products and services and thereby take advantage of the innovation that is needed to secure public services and future welfare.Some of the questions we want to answer is: Is it possible to develop models for procurement processes that really stimulate and strengthen innovation and new solutions? How do different implementations of the European procurement legislation affect SME participation? Something we see as an area to focus on especially, is how to develop tools that enable authorities to measure the quality rather than price of the procured product. We need to develop instruments that enable procurement of outcome.

Region Västra Götaland has noticed that collaboration is a solution to improve the quality of public meals and is now working in a partnership with the County Administrative Board, The National Centre for Food, the Federation of Swedish Farmers etc. The aim of the partnership is to improve the quality of public meals, e.g. in schools and hospitals, by supporting producers with training and advice for cooperation in food procurement and also by developing delivery logistics.

Main Activities

Establish partnerships: Establish partnerships for transnational exchange of experiences in the North Sea area between the public sector, businesses (manufacturing, transportation/logistics, and various processing stages) in the participating regions/municipalizes.

Pilot projects: With aim to use public procurement to jointly develop products and services that meet the future challenges for the public sector and secure economic growth.Implement developed and existing models to include other SME sectors.

Envisaged Output
  • The proportion of SMEs participating in public procurement increases
  • Functioning models of public procurement in areas such as food, furniture, textiles, logistics, etc. (models for a neutral helpdesk directed at both the public and private sectors or maybe an innovative procurement process that involves SMEs etc. at an early stage).
  • Conclusions in what way different implementation of procurement legislation in different regions/countries in Europe, affects SMEs as well as the outcome and quality of the public sector services and products.
  • To strengthen and take advantage of innovation for SMEs.

In the long run the project will contribute to sustainable development, innovation and growth and higher quality in public services to citizens.

What is the need for this project?

Through transnational exchange of experiences between the countries around the North Sea region develop and test sustainable models for public procurement in which small and medium sized enterprises develop their potential as suppliers to the public sector and thereby improve the quality of public services.

Thematic Keywords
Innovation capacity building
Innovative public service delivery
New products and services
Stimulating innovation
Other Keywords
Procurement, SME
Partners Found Already

County Administrative Board Västra Götaland

The Federation of Swedish Farmers

The Swedish Federation of Business Owners

Partners Searched

Region Västra Götaland is primarily searching partners in the public sector (regions/municipalities) who are able to develop, or already have local/regional public private partnerships (PPPs). Partners could also be representatives of the private sector/social economy in the participating region/municipality.

We are searching for partners who see the potential in procurement as a tool to stimulate the innovation capacity of SMEs and thereby develop the public procurement opportunities.

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