Local contractors lose out on Wylfa contracts – EU red tape or poor procurement?

The all too familiar burden of this story, reported in the Daily Post, is a very current example of the conflict between entirely legitimate local social/economic objectives and the obligation to comply with procurement legislation.

Small, local business have been excluded from a procurement of roofing, engineering and general maintenance work at Wylfa power station on Anglesey, operated by Magnox. The reason, it is reported, is that they did not carry the necessary Europe wide safety and environmental certificates.

There is no indication whether or not it was actually possible for them to have obtained the relevant certificates at all, but on the face of it this tale links the subject matter of two recent posts on this blog.

There is still a long way to go before “buy social, buy local” will become the catchphrase for EU procurement (see post on the Guardian’s higher education procurement piece) and there is a possibility that the unsuccessful local contractors’ undoubted ability to do the work itself was in fact scuppered by their poor procurement practices (see today’s post on the WFA’s new marketing procurement benchmarking service).

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