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GO Awards Scotland 2014/15 – ENTER NOW!

GO Awards

Scotland’s foremost procurement awards have launched and are now accepting entries! The Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland recognise the contribution of individuals, teams and organisations in delivering effective public services and we believe your success should be recognised and celebrated. We encourage you to enter the Awards to ensure that your […]

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Do yourself a favour… consider the risk of state aid

The public procurement regulations are not the only legal constraint for a public body to consider when looking to purchase. If a public body has a requirement with a value below the relevant OJEU thresholds (£172,514 for services and supplies contracts and £4,322,012 for works contracts) and the contract is not likely to be of […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2014/15 – Now open for entries!

GO Awards

The Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards has launched its brand new, easy to use, online entry process, and is now accepting submissions! Scotland’s foremost procurement awards Established in 2007, the FREE TO ENTER GO Awards Scotland are unique in recognising the contribution of individuals, teams and organisations in delivering effective public services […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2014/15 – Entry opens 23 June!

GO Awards

Following on from the huge success of the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards in March of this year, GO has announced that the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland will be open for submissions from next Monday, 23 June. Established in 2007, the GO Awards Scotland have become […]

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ECJ refuses to extend the Teckal in-house exemption

A recent judgement of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) serves as a reminder of the dangers of using novel arguments to justify not running a compliant procurement: they are often unsuccessful and best avoided if at all possible. David Hansom considers the case (Case C-15/13 Datenlotsen Informationssysteme GmbH v Technische Universitat Hamburge-Harburg, 7 May […]

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Public service outsourcing: time for evidence not assertion

The Government and parts of the wider public sector, including local authorities of all political persuasions, seem determined to press ahead with more and more outsourcing of public services. They wish to extend the scope of outsourcing into areas such as child protection, clinical health services, elements of policing and much more as well as […]

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UK Government should reconsider its “open source first” policy

Faced with the longest recession since the war, it’s hardly surprising that the UK Government has been having a long hard look at IT in a bid to cut costs. Now a radical shift in policy has taken place under the leadership of Francis Maude, the minister in charge of the Cabinet Office. Mr Maude […]

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Summer Breeze

PASS

To celebrate the start of the British summer next month, and the World Cup in Brazil, PASS (Procurement Advice & Support Service) is running a two for one offer on any of its events that are taking place in May and June. These events will be hosted by two of PASS’s principal consultants, who between them […]

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Taking the TUPE – the ability to judge employment law liabilities

When a public body changes its service provider, there may well be a transfer of staff for TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)) purposes. Staff from the incumbent supplier may in some circumstances transfer to the new supplier – this happens as a matter of law, regardless of the intentions of the incumbent supplier, […]

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Procurex North Live review

The latest developments and initiatives in the public procurement marketplace were on the agenda at the vibrant Procurex North Live 2014, held at the Manchester Central Exhibition Centre on 29 April. Most delegates crammed into the Keynote Arena to hear leading experts discuss all the essential information related to purchasing and commissioning within the public […]

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