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Glasgow enjoys boost in government and local authority tender opportunities

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Local authorities spend their allocated budgets on a multitude of goods, works and services. Most recently, Glasgow City Council has released a large amount of expenditure, with investment being made in many different projects across the city. Find out more about some of these projects below. Housing Housing has taken centre stage in Glasgow City […]

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Rise in SMEs winning public sector tenders in Scotland

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A recent report  by Public Contracts Scotland shows that almost eighty per cent of public sector contracts in Scotland are awarded to SMEs. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has, in turn, credited the 2016 Procurement Reform Scotland Act with cementing the position of SMEs as key players across all public sector procurement programmes. The ‘CivTech’ programme […]

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John Tizard: Summer reflections can make for a better future

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As the summer holidays are upon us, many public sector leaders and procurement officials will hopefully be taking time to gain some rest and recharge their batteries for what it is likely to be a challenging autumn and winter. I wish you well on your chosen breaks and I also hope that those unable to […]

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It is now easier to bid for Government tenders

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The recent relaunch of the Crown Commercial Service’s procurement process has demonstrated the Government’s efforts to improve UK procurement and make it easier to bid for public tenders. The new process ‘streamlines procurement’ for SME businesses that supply to public sector organisations through Crown Commercial Service (CCS) procurement frameworks. Government eliminates red tape around procurement […]

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Public Sector Tenders in the UK – Energy Sector

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Across the UK public sector landscape, organisations and governments alike are stepping up ambitious efforts to increase spending on energy projects in line with the transition to a low carbon economy. The UK Government has recently announced pioneering policies such as the mass rollout of energy smart meters, the introduction of electric vehicle infrastructure and […]

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John Tizard: A responsible government would pause and review outsourcing – and ideally stop it

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Only a matter of a few months after the collapse of Carillion and the resultant mayhem and following a sleuth of public service outsourcing failure, the Cabinet Office Minister, David Lidington, has announced that the Government will press ahead with more outsourcing. This is another example of government ignoring evidence and indeed not even trying […]

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Chris Price: Encouraging the youth of today to become the tech leaders of tomorrow

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In technology terms, UK businesses have never had it better. The UK tech sector now accounts for 10 percent of GDP and Tech Nation’s 2018 annual report revealed that the UK firmly leads in Europe, attracting £28bn in technology investment since 2011, compared with £11bn in France and £9.3bn in Germany. Continuing adoption of cloud […]

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John Tizard: Councillors must be contract aware – outsourcing is political

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Most local authorities of all political persuasions currently outsource some of their services to the private sector. Some outsource more than others. Increasingly, authorities are bringing outsourced services back in-house – ‘in-sourcing’ as it is called.  Such in-sourcing is being pursued by council leaders from all the major parties. There are many reasons why local […]

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John Tizard: Local authority officers – be ahead of the curve and advise politicians on how to move on from outsourcing

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Local government is increasingly questioning the wisdom and efficacy of traditional outsourcing of services to the business sector. Politicians and their senior officers are aware of a raft of high-profile outsourcing failures, and what is more the public is increasingly aware of these. Labour, Conservative and councils with no overall political control are taking services […]

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John Tizard: Public service markets and competitive tendering can be the antithesis of social value.

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The Government has published new guidance on the Social Value Act to help commissioners and policymakers get the most out of the legislation. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has issued the introductory guide, which it claims gives ‘practical advice’ for anyone carrying out duties under the Act for the first time, […]

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