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Turning out the lights for unsuccessful public contracts tenderers

Once again, the Scottish courts have demonstrated the difficulties faced by unsuccessful tenderers seeking to challenge the award of public contracts. The Street Lighting Supplies & Co case concerned a framework agreement for street lighting which was established by Scotland Excel on behalf of all 32 Scottish councils. An unsuccessful tenderer challenged the contract awards […]

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National GO Awards 2015/16 – Now Open!

National GO Awards

The UK’s foremost procurement awards have launched and are now accepting entries! Now in their 15th year, the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence In Public Procurement Awards are a unique opportunity to showcase the innovations, initiatives and advancements that make the UK a world leader in smart and effective public procurement. We encourage you to […]

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National GO Awards 2015/16 – Enter Now!

National GO Awards

Government Opportunities (GO) is proud to announce the launch of the National Government Opportunities Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2015/16! Using our new online submission process, the GO Awards open for entries from tomorrow, Wednesday, 5 November, with 10 categories in total to choose from. Reflecting our changing times and advancements in the procurement process, […]

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Public service outsourcing transparency must be more than skin deep

The Government is considering introducing new transparency rules for major public sector contracts for the delivery of public services. This is most welcome and long overdue. It follows National Audit Office (NAO) reports and comments from the Public Accounts Committee and trade unions as well as many commentators and organisations interested in both public accountability […]

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Social objectives and public procurement – ECJ rules on minimum wage

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that a contracting authority cannot require sub-contractors based in another EU Member State to pay a minimum wage to their staff. The interaction between social objectives and the public procurement regime can be tricky.  There are legitimate ways in which a contracting authority can integrate social considerations […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2014/15 Review

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By Julie Shennan The GO Awards Scotland 2014/15 returned to Glasgow’s Marriott Hotel on the evening of 21 October to celebrate the achievements of Scotland’s procurement community. The 2014/15 Awards saw the largest ever number of first-time applicants, and welcomed nominees, judges and guests from all corners of the country. Procurement experts from around the […]

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Contract Management and E-Invoicing

The Scottish Government Tenth National Public Procurement Conference took place in conjunction with Procurex Scotland Live at SECC, Glasgow on 21 October 2014. Delegates to the conference had the chance to hear from leading experts from all sectors to discuss the latest policy and legal updates which impact on the roles of purchasing and commissioning […]

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Go Awards Scotland 2014/15 – Winners Announced!

GO Awards Scotland 2014 Winners

The Winners and Highly Commended entrants for the GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland 2014/15 were announced at a glittering black tie ceremony in Glasgow on Tuesday, 21 October 2014. This finale highlighted another fantastic year for the Awards, with many highly impressive submissions that each represented a great snapshot of the tremendous initiatives […]

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Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014: Good Procurement is Sustainable Procurement

As the Scottish Government Tenth National Public Procurement Conference descended on Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on 21 October, at least one hundred businesses set up stands at Procurex Scotland Live to showcase their products and services with the aim of gaining interest from the public sector. With the Scottish Government spending almost £10 […]

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Procurex Scotland Live 2014 Keynote Review

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It was the Scottish Government’s Tenth National Public Procurement Conference and there was cake to celebrate it. The cake was rather aptly cut by procurement and supply chain apprentices, the very people who will be procuring for Scotland in the future. The future was on the minds of many attending the conference, and optimism was […]

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