Suppliers under threat by government dictat: uncertainty caused by planned changes to procurement arrangements have far reaching effects according to FIRESA, which speaks out against ill-considered policy, the threat of monopoly, stifled innovation and the negative impact on UK plc posed by the Integrated Clothing Project.(Suppliers' Association)

THE CHALLENGES FACING THE fire and rescue supply sector with major changes resulting from the introduction of the National Procurement Strategy are arguably greater than any that have faced the industry in many years. Firebuy, incorporating the Integrated Clothing Project, will be set up to contract with successful bidders for effectively single source purchasing arrangements being proposed.

The uncertainty the planned changes is causing is no less of a concern as manufacturers and distributors of a wide range of products and equipment steel themselves for the inevitable fall-out which would result from taking the market from one of open competition to what appears to be sector monopoly supply. …

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