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Budget 2014: What announcements will affect your business?

  Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne today (19 March 2014) delivered his Budget detailing changes he is planning on making to improve the UK’s economy. The Chancellor said: “I have never shied away from telling the British people about the difficult decisions we face. And just because things are getting better, I don’t intend […]

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Q&A with Adrian Davies, Contracting Manager for Crescent Purchasing Consortium

Supplier Summit

As the build up to the GO Supplier Summit, which takes place on 29 April at Manchester Central Exhibition Centre, continues, we talk to Adrian Davies,  the Contracting Manager for the Crescent Purchasing Consortium and one of the key speakers at next month’s Conference. What do you think should be the top priorities for procurement […]

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Budget 2014 preview: what effects will it have on UK businesses?

George Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his Budget 2013 on Wednesday 19 March, but what effects will the upcoming announcement have on UK businesses? At last year’s Budget, the Chancellor’s plans were heavily geared at building a stronger UK economy with help for UK businesses to create jobs and deliver lasting prosperity. Amongst these announcements was […]

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Public sector procurement professionals – strategic contributors, not technocrats?

John Tizard

Having recently judged entries for the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2014/15 (to be presented in Birmingham this tomorrow evening, 19 March), I realise that there are some exciting initiatives and some great professionals in the UK public procurement service. Sadly, I also know from direct and indirect experience and reports […]

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GO Public Sector Supplier Summit 2014 Preview

Supplier Summit

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, the GO Public Sector Supplier Summit 2014 will open its doors on 29 April in Manchester’s Central Exhibition Centre. Welcoming public sector suppliers from all walks of life, the event will provide a valuable opportunity to network and absorb advice from senior procurement professionals. Key public […]

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National GO Awards 2014/15 – All bookings close this Friday at 5pm!

National GO Awards

All bookings for the National GO Awards ceremony at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham on 19 March close at 5pm, this Friday 14 March. There are now just two days left to book your place at this year’s ceremony. Time is now running out for you to join key procurement figures on one of […]

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Q&A with Peter Schofield, AGMA Procurement Hub Programme Manager, Trafford Council

Peter Schofield

Tell us about your role in managing collaborative procurement programme for the Greater Manchester Authorities. My role involves facilitating collaborative working in procurement across the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA). AGMA comprises 14 local authorities as well as the police, the fire and rescue Service, Transport for Greater Manchester and the waste disposal company, […]

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

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There are just two weeks left to book your table at this year’s National GO Awards ceremony, which takes place on 19 March at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham. With the finalists recently revealed, and many of them having already taken to various online platforms to spread word of their success, time is running out […]

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Treat your data right – it could save lives

David Downing

Big data is all around us, but our understanding of how to make the most of it is often left wanting. Proper use and analysis of data can help improve the way we work by making better-informed decisions. This use of data is perhaps most critical within health services, where decisions regarding human life are […]

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Early intervention in action – improving the lives of children and families

Phil Neal

The unveiling of the Early Intervention Foundation almost one year ago arguably marked one of the most important milestones in the government-backed drive to place early help at the heart of provision for vulnerable young people and families. Initiatives have been implemented across the UK that are successfully cutting crime, boosting attendance and achievement in […]

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