I wanted to hit the ground running in my stint as SocialLearn director, but we have come across a minor hiccup. For services over £139,893 we are obliged by EU regulations to go to a public procurement process. We will be doing much of the technical development externally and if at some point we exceed the EU limit without having abided by their regulations, it could get messy and we'd end up in court. So in the interests of openness, and keeping my job, we'd best go through the process.
We're putting together the tender now, which has to be posted for 30 days, then we have to select the winner, so I'm estimating a 2 month delay on some aspects of the project.
I'm divided as to my opinion on the process. I understand why the legislation is there (to stop public bodies getting someone's cousin to fulfill a multi-million pound contract), but it does feel like a very EU type solution (I doubt the US has a similar procedure), why can't we get on with determining who we think is appropriate? But then again, I've already found the process useful in clearly defining the scope of the project, and it may put me in contact with developers I wouldn't have found otherwise. I'll let you know how it goes and reflect upon my experience of it here for the benefit of those who find procurement processes and EU regulations unbearably thrilling.