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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

Government Opportunities

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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The growth in public service outsourcing without evidence of its impact is perplexing

John Tizard

Public expenditure on public service outsourcing has almost doubled from £64bn to £120bn a year since 2010, according to a recent report from Information Services Group (ISG) as reported last week in the FT: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/244f0bd8-eccb-11e4-a81a-00144feab7de.html#axzz3Z4JoHSzj In fact, public service outsourcing has not only grown in terms of volume of expenditure but also in the scope […]

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Kissing with Confidence – case study

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The Procurex Live series of events take place throughout the UK and Ireland, during which attendees receive training on the latest rules and regulations within public procurement, as well as on the soft skills that will help them enhance their personal development within their career.   After recent appearances at Procurex Wales Live in Cardiff […]

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Why customer service must be a priority for the public sector

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By Jo Marshall, Commercial Director at YPO   We all expect a certain level of customer service, whether it’s in our personal or professional lives. It can be the point of differentiation between what we consider to be a good or bad organisation or company. Excellent customer service gives us, as individuals, greater confidence and […]

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Public Procurement – a “procurement dozen” for the next government

John Tizard

Public procurement represents an ever-increasing proportion of public expenditure. Surprisingly, however (or perhaps not given its apparent ‘non-sexy’ nature), the topic has featured very little in the pre-General Election discourse or even the draft party manifestos. Of course, there is ‘some’ political debate, which impacts on (and occasionally even mentions) procurement. Specifically, there is fierce […]

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How Civica is helping NHS Trust become paperlite

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In 2013, the then Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, delivered a speech to the Policy Exchange announcing the Government’s aspirations for a paperless NHS. In his speech, Mr Hunt called for the NHS to embrace the technology revolution and urged it not to be left behind. Addressing the current system, he explained that the NHS would […]

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Budget comment by Professor C Bovis

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The 2015 Budget represents an approach to balance the enormity of reducing the national debt with the need to grow the UK economy in order to avoid the deflationary pressures that have plagued the EU members. The Chancellor has played a safe hand and focused the UK economy on strategic investment themes such as: Support […]

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