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National GO Awards 2014/15 – Show public sector buyers your organisation can deliver!

National GO Awards

Does your company’s supply department have a story to tell? Do you want to give your organisation the recognition it deserves? Has your organisation delivered an outstanding procurement initiative? Want to raise your profile with public sector buyers across the UK by showing that your organisation can deliver? Want to know if you can make […]

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Changes to low value state aid rules

David Hansom

On 1 January 2014, two new measures relating to so-called “de minimis” state aid were introduced and will apply until 31 December 2020. David Hansom at Veale Wasbrough Vizards looks at the issues. Regulation 1407/2013 This regulation replaces regulation 1998/2006. It provides the threshold below which financial assistance measures are deemed not to meet all […]

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New EU Directive – Supplier Support

EU

In case you haven’t been paying attention, the European Parliament has finally passed the three new procurement-related Directives. Albeit around twelve months later than we all anticipated, but better late than never, as they say. So it’s real now, and for suppliers a lot of learning, in a relatively short timeframe, is going to be […]

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The New EU Directive blog – Buyer Support

Government Opportunities

So that’s it then. The European Parliament has finally passed the three new Directives. Twelve months later than anticipated, but better late than never, as they say. Unfortunately, unlike with many pronouncements, we can’t now sit back and enjoy the fact it has finally been announced. Now the hard work really starts. Cabinet Office Minister […]

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Why the public sector and local government need to refocus efforts to combat fraud-related losses

Tony Machin

Fraud is costing the public purse in the UK more than £20 billion a year, and detection rates in local government in particular are going down rather than up. Losses to central and local government are estimated at £2.6 billion and £2.1 billion respectively. A further £14.1 billion is lost to tax and vehicle excise […]

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National GO Awards 2014/15 – ENTER NOW!

National GO Awards

Does your procurement department have a story to tell? Do you want to give your organisation the recognition it deserves? Has your organisation delivered an outstanding procurement initiative? Do you want to show your peers that your organisation can deliver? Want to know if you can make the grade against our previous winners? Best be […]

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National GO Awards 2014/15 – just over 3 weeks until entry deadline!

GO Awards Winners

There are now just over three weeks left to enter your organisation into the most prestigious procurement awards in the UK! The National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2014/15 are unique in recognising the contribution of individuals, teams and organisations across the public, private and third sectors in delivering effective and efficient […]

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New procurement thresholds: how does this affect your business?

Government Opportunities

The European Commission announced the new procurement thresholds which took effect on the 1st January 2014 which, when converted to sterling, are marginally lower than they were in 2013. The European public contracts directive applies to public authorities including, amongst others, NHS Authorities and Trusts, government departments and local authorities. The European utilities contracts directives, […]

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Cross Government Review of Major Contracts

John Tizard

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude instigated the Cross Government Review of Major Contracts following the revelation of inappropriate claims by and payments to G4S and Serco in respect of their ‘tagging’ contracts with the Ministry of Justice. The Review, which was conducted by the Cabinet Office (Government Procurement and Crown Commercial Services) supported by PwC […]

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National GO Awards 2014/15 – Share your Best Practice success story!

National GO Awards

Established in 2003, the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Procurement Awards 2014/15 provide all types of organisation – public, private and third sector – with a platform to promote and share best practice and highlight the initiatives that are making a real difference. Does your organisation’s procurement department have a story to tell? Has […]

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