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GO Awards Scotland 2015/16 – Share your success story!

GO Awards Scotland 2015/16

Now in their eighth year, the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland provide public, private and third sector organisations with a platform to promote and share their best practice initiatives. Does your organisation’s procurement department have a story to tell? The GO Awards Scotland 2015/16 are FREE to enter and all GO […]

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It is absolutely imperative to avoid ‘lowest price shopping’ when procuring public services

John Tizard

The new Conservative Government is pressing ahead with a programme of austerity, including ‘significant’ public expenditure cuts, for at least the next few years. Indeed, the ‘emergency’ budget on 8 July is now expected to herald further ‘in-year’ cuts for 2015/16. Across the public sector, senior leaders (political and executive) are inevitably wondering how they […]

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Celebrate Scotland’s Day of Procurement

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The GO Awards Scotland 2015/16 have launched and are now accepting entries! This year’s awards have 10 categories that reflect the positive state of public procurement in 2015 and are open to Scottish public and third sector organisations, and to any UK company currently working with the Scottish public sector. The Awards are FREE to […]

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Secure this rare opportunity to sponsor the GO Awards Scotland 2015/16!

GO Awards Scotland

Endorsed by the Scottish Government, the GO Awards Scotland 2015/16 will be held on the evening of Procurex Scotland Live 2015, which takes place on Tuesday 6 October 2015. This year there are 14 sponsorship opportunities to select from – ten category sponsors, three opportunities to sponsor finalists’ receptions and one opportunity to be the […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2015/16 – Submission Timescale

GO Awards Scotland

If you are a public sector organisation within Scotland, do any of your recent procurement initiatives fall within the category timescale to enter this year’s GO Awards Scotland 2015/16? Find out by checking the below timescale: ‘All initiatives for consideration as part of a GO Awards submission must have a start date between February 2013 […]

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How moving the goalposts mid-contract could lead to an own goal

Your company’s contract to supply street lighting to the local authority is at its halfway point. New technology is now available which means you could provide the local authority with a product which is far superior in terms of energy efficiency but at considerably higher cost to the local authority. Even if the local authority had the budget […]

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Levelling the playing field in public sector procurement

Pedro Paulo

Pedro Paulo, CEO of Gatewit, on how Government-as-a-Platform can help SMEs compete with larger businesses for government contracts. Among the various aspects of government administration that came under scrutiny during the run up to election day recently, was what the government was spending on IT contracts. Questions were asked regarding who these contracts were being […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2015/16 – Now open for entries!

GO Awards Scotland 2015/16

After selling out the last three GO Awards events, including 2014’s GO Awards Scotland, we are delighted to announce that the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland 2015/16 are now open for entries! FREE to enter and open to the public, private and third sectors, the GO Awards Scotland online entry portal […]

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2015 General Election: Policies

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The 2015 General election will be held on May 7. You Gov polls (collated on May 4) forecast it to be the closest race in years, with the Conservative estimated to take 33%, Labour 33%, Lib Democrats 10%, UKIP 12%, Green Party 5% and the SNP 5% of votes. This close competition has put great […]

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Public sector procurement: learning lessons from the private sector

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By John Marriott Public sector organisations and private businesses may seem worlds apart at times but there is one thing that unites them – they’re all ultimately judged by the quality of the services they provide. Nowhere is that more the case than in the social housing world. At Anchor, as a social landlord, we […]

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