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Are you prepared for the new Scottish Procurement Regulations?

We will have new Scottish Procurement Regulations later this year or early next year. These will implement last year’s EU Public Procurement Directive, which has already been implemented in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The new Regulations will introduce a number of important changes to the law and there will be further changes for Scottish […]

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Ben Clarke: ensure you implement GS1 standards across your product range

The NHS eProcurement Strategy mandates that any service or product procured by an NHS Acute Trust must be compliant with GS1 standards. This is the most significant recent change in NHS procurement and will affect suppliers, according to Ben Clarke, Training and Education Manager at GS1 UK. The Department of Health published the NHS eProcurement Strategy […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2015/16 – Scottish Prison Service Case Study

Scottish Prison Service

Considering entering the GO Awards Scotland 2015/16 but not sure if your procurement initiative is relevant? Or are you unsure on how to tackle the questions for each category? Whether you’re a public, third or private sector organisation, why not check out our GO Awards Case Study with Scottish Prison Service, who in 2014 won […]

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Modern strategic procurement can drive social housing efficiencies

Ian Taylor head of operations PfH Scotland

By Ian Taylor, PfH Scotland Although we all have our own definition of precisely what value for money means, one thing is for sure, it’s going to become an even bigger priority if you’re a social landlord in Scotland. The Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) is expected to announce a new regulatory approach to value for […]

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Billions of savings proposed through smarter NHS procurement

Department of Health

In a recent report on health procurement, NHS Pathology Review Chairman, Lord Patrick Carter, forecast £5bn annually could be saved by: consolidating NHS England Trusts to one e-tendering portal, having them use one set of key performance indicators, having them improve their orders, and improve their human resources. These guidelines were made in the Review […]

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Cost cutting is just the tip of the iceberg when driving efficiencies in the public sector

Doctor at computer

By Nigel Crunden, business specialist at Office Depot A report by the chairman of the NHS Procurement and Efficiency Board, Lord Carter, has highlighted that ensuring every hospital pays the best price for their supplies could provide significant cost savings to be reinvested in frontline care. However, guaranteeing greater efficiency within public sector organisations is […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2015/16 – it’s time to raise your profile with Scottish public sector buyers!

GO Awards Scotland

Free to enter, the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland 2015/16 recognise that successful public sector procurement depends on the involvement of the private sector. The GO Awards Scotland celebrate the success of individuals and teams working within procurement, and also those who have dedicated the majority of their career to the […]

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P4H Keynote Speaker: Keith Rowley

P4H

The debut P4H – Procurement for Health – conference launches on 9 July in Birmingham’s ICC Centre. The event will provide NHS buyers and suppliers with a unique promotional, educational and engagement platform to share best practice. This knowledge exchange will take place across over 85 exhibition stands, four training zones, 15 hours of tutorials […]

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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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