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How to deal with ‘abnormally low’ tender bids by Jill Fryer – Harper Macleod LLP

Monday March 13th, 2017

In the current economic climate, there is fierce competition for public sector work, with some suppliers willing to submit a very competitive tender in order to obtain an often relatively long-term contract, safeguard their workforce and engage with a public sector client who will almost certainly be able to pay the bills.   Low prices […]

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John Tizard: Procuring from the VCSE is different from procuring from major corporates

How often do I hear from voluntary and community organisations and small social enterprises (VCSE) that they are scarred and damaged by incredibly bureaucratic public procurement processes? The short answer is “far too often”! I find this both disappointing and frustrating. The position has with a few honourable exceptions changed very little over the last […]

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National GO Awards 2017/18 – Deadline Extended

Enter the National GO Awards here Delighted to announce this short extension to the National GO Awards 2017/18. We do appreciate that sometimes you need a little more time with your submission and we hope that this extension will allow you to put your best case forward. There is no charge to enter. Please note […]

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John Tizard: Opportunity to showcase progressive public procurement

I am delighted to be a judge for the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2017/18 (National GO Awards). Having judged these national awards on several previous occasions, I am expecting to evaluate some exciting entries. If past years are anything to go by, I expect that I will be disappointed when […]

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Jill Fryer: Remondis – court develops new principle for outsourcing without a procurement process

Efficient service delivery continues to be a significant challenge for many public bodies, faced as they are with a number of economic, social and political difficulties. As if these difficulties were not enough, public bodies are also required to comply with the public procurement rules, which impose stringent requirements on how they can enter into contracts […]

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John Tizard: Public procurement professionals can make their mark in 2017

There can be no doubt that 2017 will be a tough and challenging year for the public sector, especially local government and the NHS. This means challenges and hopefully opportunities for procurement professionals across the public sector. There will be less money with further and deeper cuts to expenditure and services. Over the last decade […]

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Public Procurement and Incomplete Tenders by Jill Fryer, Harper MacLeod LLP

Binning bids – what do public bodies have to do with incomplete tender bids? Last month, the Court of Session decided that a public body was entitled to reject an incomplete tender and was not obliged to allow the bidder to correct an obvious error. The opportunity concerned a framework agreement for demolition services for […]

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Improving Corporate Governance and Company Behaviours – public procurement has a role

The Government’s recently published Green Paper on Corporate Governance is widely regarded as disappointing by many in the public sector and trade unions. Whilst there are some important and positive proposals for improving accountability and transparency, especially in respect of senior executive pay, the overall set of proposals falls short of what many had hoped […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2016/17 – Winners Announced!

The Winners and Highly Commended entrants for the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland 2016/17 were announced at a black-tie ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow last night, Wednesday 9 November 2016. Hosted by TV presenter Sarah Heaney, the Awards were a glittering finale to Scotland’s Festival of Procurement, which kicked […]

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John Tizard: Nobel Economics Laureate’s academic work could prevent inappropriate public service outsourcing

The awarding of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Economics to Oliver Hart of Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA and Bengt Holmström of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA was a recognition of their excellent work over decades on the significance of contracting to economic institutions including companies and the public sector. The Royal Swedish […]

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