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Public service outsourcing is not inevitable; and should never be the default option

John Tizard

Over the last decades, under successive governments, public service outsourcing has grown in value, scope and political profile. So, will this trend continue? There have been some notable failures and terminations over recent years, including: G4S and Serco’s contracts with the MoJ for tagging services; the early termination of the Somerset-based joint venture contract South […]

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National GO Awards – finalists announced!

GO Awards

The National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2016/17 are delighted to reveal the finalists for this year’s event. With the winners to be announced at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate on the evening of Tuesday 8 March, this year’s finalists include huge names from across the public, private and third sectors, all competing […]

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UK DSC to participate at DPRTE 2016

Government Opportunities

For the first time at DPRTE, at the Innovation Hub, the UK Defence Solutions Centre will be participating, led by Executive Director of Innovation Paul Winstanley. Here, Mr Winstanley talks about the work of UK DSC and why DPRTE is a vital date in his calendar. Opened on 23 March 2015 by Business Minister Matthew […]

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Procurement Policy Note: New Threshold Levels 2016

UK Public Contracts Regulations 2015

Procurement regulations set out the terms by which public bodies must abide when carrying out the process of advertising contracts for tendering. A vital regulation which both contracting authorities and tenderers must be aware of concerns advertising threshold levels, indicating at what value a contract for goods, works or services must be advertised for bids. […]

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Procurement Policy Note 13/15 – Increasing the Transparency of Contract Information to the Public

Businesswoman viewing the contract before signing

The latest Procurement Policy Note on transparency is a call to action for procurement professionals in the UK. Procurement Policy Note 13/15 – Increasing the Transparency of Contract Information to the Public – will take effect in September and contains important information pertinent to those publishing, and bidding for, public sector contracts. It is firstly […]

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National GO Awards 2016/17 – Secure your place at the Awards Ceremony!

National GO Awards

The hugely anticipated announcement of the finalists in the National GO Awards 2016/17 will take place during the week commencing Monday 25 January. This has been a record year for the GO Awards and the judges’ expertise will no doubt be tested as they create this year’s shortlist. The 2016/17 National GO Awards ceremony takes […]

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National GO Awards 2016/17 – Deadline Thursday 14 January 2016

GO Awards

The National GO Awards 2016/17 deadline is this Thursday at 5pm. Please note, there will be no further extensions. This is your final chance to test yourself against the best procurement teams in the UK. If you feel that your organisation’s procurement initiatives are worth shouting about, then share your success stories with your peers […]

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National GO Awards 2016/17 – 8 days left to enter!

National GO Awards

With the festivities now firmly behind us, it’s time to focus on the National GO Awards 2016/17. The extended deadline is now just eight days away. If you want to join in the UK’s Day of Procurement, then you need to get your entry in now! The National GO Awards take place on the evening of Procurex […]

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A public service outsourcing enquiry would serve the public interest

John Tizard

It is seemingly inevitable that the Government and many public bodies will press still further ahead with public service outsourcing in 2016. And whilst the political rhetoric will continue to promote a greater role for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), charities, the voluntary and community sector, co-operatives and social enterprises – the reality is that […]

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National GO Awards 2016/17 – 8 days left to enter!

National GO Awards

With the festivities now firmly behind us, it’s time to focus on the National GO Awards 2016/17. The extended deadline is now just eight days away. If you want to join in the UK’s Day of Procurement, then you need to get your entry in now! The National GO Awards take place on the evening […]

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