Engage before starting procurement

In the section on Preparing for and running a tender exercise we talk about the importance of preliminary market engagement (PME) or 'soft' market testing.

This can be done formally by issuing a Prior Information Notice (PIN) in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) or can be an entirely informal process.

Many contributors to this Toolkit told us how useful this process was and others told us that, with hindsight, they wish they had done more of this.

Top tip

You can engage with suppliers individually or you could even hold a webinar so that interested suppliers can find out more about you and the aspirations for your VLE review project.