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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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New EU decision calls into question minimum wage contract term in procurements

David Hansom

Many contracting authorities in the UK are looking to build in living/minimum wage provisions in their contracts, partly as a response to the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, which puts an obligation on contracting authorities to consider how to build appropriate socio-economic criteria into their services contracts.  Procurement lawyers have long had a concern […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2014/15 – SOLD OUT!

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We’re delighted to announce that this year’s Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland 2014/15 ceremony has sold out! Taking place on Tuesday 21 October at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel, this year’s ceremony will be hosted by BBC Scotland’s Catriona Shearer. Recognised as the most important date in Scottish procurement, the event is […]

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GO Awards 2014/15 – 1 Week To Go!

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There are now just two tables left for next week’s glittering GO Awards Scotland ceremony! If you still plan to book, either a table or individual places, then please book now here. We are at maximum capacity at the venue and this event is set to sell out imminently. This is your last chance to […]

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To VEAT or not to VEAT, that’s now an essential question

Kelly Sleight

Topic: Directly awarded contracts, transparency and the value of VEAT notices Transparency in the award of public sector contracts is one of the fundamental aims of the procurement regime across the UK and Europe and in principle a contracting authority must advertise a contract opportunity by placing a contract notice in the Official Journal of […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2014/15 – Two Weeks To Go!

GO Awards Scotland 2014/15 – 3 weeks to go!

If you are a buyer for or a supplier to the Scottish public sector, please be aware that there are just under two weeks left for you to book the remaining tables at this year’s GO Awards Scotland ceremony. Held on the evening of Procurex Scotland Live 2014, the Awards take place on Tuesday 21 […]

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Life Cycle Costing

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PASS runs procurement training events for both the public and private sector in various regions across the UK. To find out the latest training events in your area, please check here. Blog But it’s gonna take money A whole lot of spending money It’s gonna take plenty of money To do it right (George Harrison […]

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Time for a ‘beefed-up’ Social Value Act

John Tizard

The recent announcement of a review of the Social Value Act is both very welcome and very timely. The Act has already had ‘some’ positive impact, establishing principles that should underpin all aspects of government and public service – including specifically placing public benefit ahead of private gain when public expenditure is paying for public […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2014/15 – 3 weeks to go!

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There are just three weeks left to book your table at this year’s GO Awards ceremony, which takes place on Tuesday 21 October at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel. With the finalists recently revealed, time is running out for you to join key procurement figures on one of the most important dates in the UK procurement […]

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