NEPRO – the neutral vendor solution for specialist professional services
In September 2012 the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) set up NEPRO – a nationally available neutral vendor solution for public sector organisations to engage consultants, professional services and interim support. We engage and manage a range of suppliers, from SMEs to publicly listed companies, on behalf of public and third sector organisations across the UK to meet our clients’ requirements.
Through our work with numerous public sector organisations, we’ve found that the spend category of ‘consultancy’ has been somewhat overlooked as a positive means to drive improvement and efficiency savings.
Public procurement processes are limited and can often be expensive.The frameworks available may not provide the means for experienced SMEs to do business with the public sector. Contracts are often input driven with scope creep a common theme and consultancy spend is often disparate, with various classifications. NEPRO fills the gap with a single source solution for engaging with a multitude of accredited suppliers across a range of categories – mitigating risk,improving governance,driving savings and increasing the use of local SMEs.
Having been awarded single supplier status by NEPO in September 2012, we are able to provide any public sector body with a compliant solution to engage a range of suppliers from our accredited and categorised supplier pool.