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Business Case & Specification Writing



Course Duration:

1 day


This course is for delivery on an in-house basis. Content is described below.


A skilled staff force is key to the delivery of procurement excellence in the South West region.  This series of training modules has been devised to support those working in procurement in the public sector

This event is delivered in partnership with Cordie Ltd


This module has been designed to develop skills, knowledge and understanding as a result of devolved procurement responsibilities and an increasingly complex procurement operating environment


Fundamental principles of developing a business case and specification:

  • Introduction to Business Cases
    • Purpose and function of the business case
    • When to use a business case
    • Content and structure of the document
    • HM Treasury guidance – the ‘5 cases’
  • Stakeholder management
  • Financial considerations
    • Investment appraisal
    • Benefit cost analysis
  • Specifications
    • Role and function of specifications
    • Application of EU principles
    • Legal issues and the principle of ‘caveat emptor’
    • Key challenges and issues in preparing specification documents
  • Types of specification
    • Inputs vs. Outputs vs. Outcomes
    • How to write and format the specification content
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