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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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Procurex South Live review

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Procurex South Live 2015 took place at London Central on 10 March and the Keynote Arena was buzzing with discussion about the past, present and future of public sector procurement.  Bill Crothers, Government Chief Commercial Officer, Cabinet Office, was the headline attraction and discussed the need for putting commercial thinking into the DNA of the public […]

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A recipe for more SME provision of public services – more tasty than big chewy corporates

John Tizard

I was recently thinking about an owner of a small SME business that offers high-quality and well-regarded catering services. The company has a healthy customer base with local businesses and individuals. The owner and her team are keen to offer their services to the public sector but continually either bid without success or, on reading […]

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National GO Awards 2015/16 Review

National GO Awards 2015/16 Winners and Highly Commended

Drinks and guests alike sparkled at Manchester’s Midland Hotel on the evening of 26 February, during the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2015/16 gala dinner and awards ceremony. Over 400 attendees witnessed the glittering finale to the competition’s largest-ever event. Among those attending were public sector buyers and suppliers, continuing conversations […]

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Public Contracts Regulations – Scotland consults on how to follow Westminster’s lead

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Westminster has acted quickly to implement the new EU Directives on procurement, concessions and utilities (the “EU Directives”) in England and Wales with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (the “2015 Regulations”) which came into force on 26 February 2015. While the Scottish Government hasn’t been quite so quick off the mark, it released a consultation […]

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