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EU can help shift public procurement towards social outcomes

John Tizard

The European Union is developing new public procurement regulations. Many in the public sector and many service providers from the business, social enterprise and voluntary and community sectors have long argued that a major overhaul was necessary. Further there is a need to consider how the UK legislators have incorporated the current regulations into domestic […]

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State aid: speedier implementation of publicly funded projects?

David Hansom

The European Commission (“Commission”) has announced plans to extend the scope of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER), following two consultations which ended in June and September 2013 respectively. The GBER automatically approves a number of categories of state aid. The extension, once approved, will incorporate seven further categories of state aid into the exemption. […]

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Transparency Reduces Speculative Enquiries

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It is a given for procurers who must apply the Public Contracts Regulations that transparency is a vital component of effective competition, but what effect does this transparency have on the number of expressions of interest? When procurers are publishing their calls for competition in the OJEU, the standardised Proforma require only a limited amount […]

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Clarity begins at Holyrood: new Bill aims to support the ‘Scottish Model of Procurement’

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The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill (the “Bill”) was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 3 October 2013 with the aim of establishing a national legislative framework to support the ‘Scottish Model of Procurement’. The Bill proposes a set of general duties for contracting authorities in respect of their procurement activities; specific measures to promote good […]

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Lifting the automatic suspension: case-law update

Covanta Energy Ltd v Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority 26 September 2013 [2013] EWHC 2922 (TCC)   An injunction preventing a contracting authority from entering into a contract pending the outcome of a court action by an unsuccessful tenderer has been granted by the High Court in England.  In this briefing note, we consider the judgment […]

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BiP Solutions Ltd – celebrating 30 years of excellence!

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As BiP Solutions nears its 30th birthday, I think an introspective examination of our place in the procurement marketplace is only appropriate. Thirty years ago the procurement landscape was almost unimaginably different. No source existed to bring together contracts from across the UK. Contracting authorities advertised predominantly in their local papers, with a few central […]

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Dynamic Questionnaire Builder webinar

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Questionnaire creation and evaluation is an integral part of the tender process. It is essential to ensure that all PQQ questions are compliant with the EU principles and present no barrier to fair competition.  Do you use word documents/ spreadsheets? Do your suppliers have to complete a new document from scratch every time they tender […]

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The GO Awards Scotland 2013/14 – Review

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  As the sun set on the Glasgow Marriott hotel on 22 October, the stars came out to shine on the GO Awards Scotland 2013/14. With no fewer than 57 finalists, there was a record turn-out for Scotland’s premier procurement awards ceremony. This year’s Awards also saw the largest number of first-time applicants and welcomed […]

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Review: Procurex Scotland Live 2013

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Scotland’s public bodies spend over £9bn each year on procurement and Procurex Scotland Live, now in its sixth year, was awash with activity to help businesses find opportunities within the public sector. The Keynote Address at the Scottish Government Ninth National Public Procurement Conference was delivered by Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP, and […]

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The GO Awards Scotland 2013/14 – Winners Announced!

Sponsored by  The Winners and Highly Commended entrants for the GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland 2013/14 were announced at a prestigious black tie event in Glasgow on 22 October 2013. The standard of the submissions received this year was highly impressive, each presenting a unique account of the excellent and innovative work which […]

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