On Wednesday 9 November 2016 I was very proud to receive an award on behalf of the team who worked together to put the community at the heart of the procurement process.  Using a concept called participatory budgeting we developed and implemented a way to involve communities in specifying, evaluating and managing a contract for public transport in Uist and Barra.

Our approach has been hailed as innovative by practitioners not only working in procurement but also those involved in developing participatory budgeting across the UK.

I’m passionate about finding ways the people we serve in public procurement can be involved in what we do.  Doing this not only improves outcomes but it can also deliver savings.  So happy communities and a happy CFO!

We’ve made resources available for you to use if you want to try this approach.  They’re on the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Parntership web site – here’s the link.

If you’d like me to help with engaging the community with procurement or just want to run something by me, then get in touch.