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It is now easier to bid for Government tenders

Government Opportunities

The recent relaunch of the Crown Commercial Service’s procurement process has demonstrated the Government’s efforts to improve UK procurement and make it easier to bid for public tenders. The new process ‘streamlines procurement’ for SME businesses that supply to public sector organisations through Crown Commercial Service (CCS) procurement frameworks. Government eliminates red tape around procurement […]

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Public Sector Tenders in the UK – Energy Sector

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Across the UK public sector landscape, organisations and governments alike are stepping up ambitious efforts to increase spending on energy projects in line with the transition to a low carbon economy. The UK Government has recently announced pioneering policies such as the mass rollout of energy smart meters, the introduction of electric vehicle infrastructure and […]

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John Tizard: A responsible government would pause and review outsourcing – and ideally stop it

John Tizard

Only a matter of a few months after the collapse of Carillion and the resultant mayhem and following a sleuth of public service outsourcing failure, the Cabinet Office Minister, David Lidington, has announced that the Government will press ahead with more outsourcing. This is another example of government ignoring evidence and indeed not even trying […]

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Chris Price: Encouraging the youth of today to become the tech leaders of tomorrow

Chris Price

In technology terms, UK businesses have never had it better. The UK tech sector now accounts for 10 percent of GDP and Tech Nation’s 2018 annual report revealed that the UK firmly leads in Europe, attracting £28bn in technology investment since 2011, compared with £11bn in France and £9.3bn in Germany. Continuing adoption of cloud […]

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John Tizard: Councillors must be contract aware – outsourcing is political

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Most local authorities of all political persuasions currently outsource some of their services to the private sector. Some outsource more than others. Increasingly, authorities are bringing outsourced services back in-house – ‘in-sourcing’ as it is called.  Such in-sourcing is being pursued by council leaders from all the major parties. There are many reasons why local […]

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John Tizard: Local authority officers – be ahead of the curve and advise politicians on how to move on from outsourcing

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Local government is increasingly questioning the wisdom and efficacy of traditional outsourcing of services to the business sector. Politicians and their senior officers are aware of a raft of high-profile outsourcing failures, and what is more the public is increasingly aware of these. Labour, Conservative and councils with no overall political control are taking services […]

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John Tizard: Public service markets and competitive tendering can be the antithesis of social value.

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The Government has published new guidance on the Social Value Act to help commissioners and policymakers get the most out of the legislation. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has issued the introductory guide, which it claims gives ‘practical advice’ for anyone carrying out duties under the Act for the first time, […]

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We need to know who the public sector contracts with and how they perform

John Tizard

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has told the Government that it needs to better understand the number of contracts held across departments by a single private company, and how it is performing in those contracts. This comes after the Committee considered the failure of the largest commercial further education (FE) provider, ‘learndirect’. […]

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John Tizard: The Outsourcing Debate: strategic ‘make or buy’ decisions can protect the public interest

John Tizard

The efficacy and even the ethics of public service outsourcing are being seriously questioned across the political divide but especially by the left. Similar deliberations are going on amongst public sector executives. And it would be no surprise to learn that investors, staff and executives in major outsourcing companies are wondering if this business model […]

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John Tizard and David Walker: Time to stop the ‘love-in’ with public service outsourcing

David Walker

In a new Smith Institute report, Out of contract: Time to move on from the ‘love in’ with outsourcing and PFI, we are calling for an immediate pause in all public service contracting followed by a root-and-branch review of all existing deals. This report, published on 22 January. comes in the wake of the Carillion […]

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