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Autumn Statement 2013 preview: what effects will it have on UK businesses?

George Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his Autumn Statement 2013 on Thursday the 5th of December, but what effects will the upcoming announcement have on UK businesses? At last year’s Autumn Statement, the Chancellor’s pleas were heavily geared at businesses in the UK in particular. Amongst these announcements was a 10% increase in capital spending allowance […]

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Blacklisting in Scotland – can public bodies turn policy into practice?

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On 20 November 2013, the Scottish Government issued a Scottish Procurement Policy Note (“SPPN”) on the exclusion from public contracts of suppliers which engage in blacklisting (the compilation or use of lists of trade union members to exclude such people from employment opportunities). This development is significant for a number of reasons, not the least […]

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Can the outsourcing industry detoxify?

John Tizard

The UK public services business outsourcing industry has had a torrid year, attracting the worst kind of media attention. Major companies have been exposed for failing to pay UK corporation tax whilst others are the subject of police and Serious Fraud Office enquiries. The National Audit Office (NAO) has written about a ‘crisis of public […]

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The suspension of a procurement challenge

David Hansom

David Hansom, partner and head of procurement law at VWV, reviews the recent important decision of Covanta Energy Ltd and Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority [2013] EWHC 2922 (TCC). Since the 2006 procurement rules were introduced, there have been only two cases where the court has maintained the claimant’s automatic suspension/injunction of the award of the […]

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National GO Awards 2014/15 – Entry opens 2 December!

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Following on from the recent success of the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland in October, Government Opportunities has announced that the National GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards will be open for submissions from this Monday, 2 December. Established in 2003, the National GO Awards have become the benchmark by which […]

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Top 10 procurement tips for winning contracts

Jill Fryer advises both public sector clients on running their procurement processes and private sector clients involved in or considering involvement in those procurement processes. Jill also advises on all issues related to a public procurement process, including the subsequent contract entered into, freedom of information and data protection, competition law and other compliance and […]

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Manage the Contract, Manage the Contractor

Eddie Regan

The National Audit Office has just published two reports, The Role of Major Contractors in the Delivery of Public Services and Managing Government Suppliers. Interestingly these focus on the role of the contractor and cover three key themes: Managing the relationship with strategic suppliers – Is there sufficient competition in contracted-out public services? What is […]

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Managing Spend through Frameworks and Low Value Contracts

Delta eSourcing

To avoid risk within the supply chain, it is essential for buyers to have easy and instant access to contract spend information as well as visibility of the suppliers being used. Next month’s complimentary webinar from Delta eSourcing will demonstrate the functions and features of Delta Quick Call which help satisfy these requirements.  The webinar […]

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Defence innovation set to dominate this year’s DPRTE event

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With Ministry of Defence procurement plans currently dominating headlines within the UK media, this month’s Defence Procurement Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) exhibition, which takes place in Bristol on 20 November, could not be more appropriately timed. DPRTE returns to the UWE Bristol Exhibition and Conference Centre, where the inaugural event in 2012 proved an […]

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Post-BlackBerry Mobility Strategy for the Public Sector

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What are we to make of Gartner’s recent announcement that it is ‘game over’ for BlackBerry? For the last decade the UK public sector has favoured BlackBerry as its device of choice, ahead of third-party security platforms. It was the only device accredited for the use of Restricted information by the Government’s risk assessment arm CESG. […]

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