Government design procurement is based on ignorance

I read with interest your comment (DW 12 February) on Government procurement of design services.

The way public sector contracts are awarded seems inconsistent and incompetent.

I have run a graphic design consultancy for 20 years, mainly in education. Public sector design needs are best served by small and cost-effective services like ours.

But we lose out time and time again to consultancies vastly over-qualified for the projects on offer, which are thus far more expensive.

The commissioning system does not recognise the many types and levels of service.

I blame the procurement system for not understanding what it is dealing with.

David Hopkins, The Info Group, by e-mail

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