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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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Public Procurement to Deliver Social Goals

John Tizard

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation have joined forces with Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP to make the case for using public procurement to address poverty and social mobility; and more importantly to demonstrate how public procurement for services and indeed goods can include wider social objectives in selection criteria. At a time of increasing poverty, especially in […]

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PASS – making you Brilliant!

PASS

Did you know that PASS Procurement are so confident in their training that they offer all their training events with a PASS Guarantee – if you don’t learn, you don’t pay! As a further incentive, the brand is offering a special offer for all those in the public and private sectors who book an EU […]

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Different strokes? Room for manoeuvre in EU Directives implementation

The new EU public procurement Directives came into force on 17 April 2014, and must be transposed into national law within two years. Both the Scottish and UK Governments have stated that they intend to implement the Directives more quickly, however, with Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, announcing that […]

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Procurex South Live – The View From The Chair (Pt2)

Procurex Live

Here, in the second of a two-part special feature, Procurex South Live Chair Colin Cram concludes his review of the keynote presentations from the recent highly successful showcase event, held on 25 March at the London Olympia Exhibition and Conference Centre. In an echo of some of the proposed actions in the NHS, Clive Betts […]

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Procurex South Live – The View From The Chair (Pt1)

Here, in the first of a two-part special feature, Procurex South Live Chair Colin Cram reviews the keynote presentations from the recent highly successful showcase event, held on 25 March at the London Olympia Exhibition and Conference Centre. Packed into one day on 25 March at the London Olympia Exhibition and Conference Centre, Procurex South […]

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Calls for public service contracting transparency and accountability are ever louder

Calls for greater transparency in public sector contracting are gaining momentum. This chorus for democratic accountability will grow. These calls have been coming from many sources including The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, the National Audit Office, trade unions, campaign groups and even the CBI and some of the major corporate sector public service […]

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Decommissioning a Burden or Bonanza

TotalDECOM™

A first-of-its kind event will take place at the Hilton, Glasgow on April 8 and 9 2014, TotalDECOM™ will bring together over 200 business leaders from the global nuclear, oil and gas, process and defence industries to discuss their own decommissioning challenges as well as, crucially, share knowledge and best practice. TotalDECOM will address the […]

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Lifting an automatic suspension of contract

Scottish courts maintain perfect record of lifting automatic suspensions Last month, the Scottish Court of Session once again lifted an automatic suspension of contract and allowed the public body in question to enter into the contract with its chosen supplier. South Lanarkshire Council had sought tenders for the provision of municipal waste services. Patersons was […]

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