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Delta eSourcing

The G-Cloud has gone from strength to strength since its launch in February 2012. The innovative and streamlined procurement process created more than £4m in sales in the first year with 60% going to SMEs. On 5 May 2013, the government adopted a ‘Cloud First’ policy, making it mandatory for buyers of IT products and […]

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Final call for state aid to Irish airlines

David Hansom

The tide of case law on potential state aid infringements continues. In this latest blog, David Hansom from Veale Wasbrough Vizards looks at how Irish airlines have been most recently affected. The recent European Commission decision on unlawful state aid of differentiated air travel tax rates implemented by the Republic of Ireland will cost Irish […]

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Delta eSourcing achieves IL2 Accreditation

Delta eSourcing

BiP Solutions recently announced that the Delta eSourcing service has been accredited to Business Impact Level 2 (IL2) by the Pan Government Accreditation (PGA) service, provided by CESG. The PGA service was introduced to help public bodies check the standards of potential Cloud service suppliers. Delta eSourcing can be used at IL2 for confidentiality, integrity […]

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Where Obama leads, let the UK follow and overtake – procuring from responsible firms

John Tizard

There is an interesting public procurement initiative in the USA. It strives to align the multibillion-dollar government procurement expenditure with the pursuit of more responsible capitalism and public expenditure constraint. President Obama is to propose to Congress that federal contractors should experience sizable reductions in future payments and remuneration for senior executives. The President is […]

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Procurement Reform Bill update

On 23 May, the Scottish Government announced a delay in the introduction of the Procurement Reform Bill. The aim of the Bill, which was the subject of a three-month consultation in 2012, is to establish a framework for sustainable procurement through making procurement processes more transparent and streamlined, encouraging innovation and growth, increasing jobs and […]

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Could the courts service be privatised?

Ministry of Justice privatisation

Court service outsourcing plans denied but is further privatisation a possibility for the Ministry of Justice? The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has denied claims that it is planning for the ‘wholesale privatisation’ of the courts services in England and Wales after Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling’s announcement of a £1bn a-year savings plan […]

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Tracker launches new range of online tools to boost business

Tracker

Business intelligence provider Tracker has launched three new products designed to boost business for UK suppliers. As a market leader in providing business intelligence solutions to companies globally, Tracker has launched a new product portfolio consisting of Tracker Advance, Premier and Elite to help businesses find, manage and win public and private sector tender opportunities, […]

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Clarity on award criteria transparency

In March, the Court of Session in Edinburgh confirmed a previous ruling in the case of Healthcare At Home Ltd v The Common Services Agency (CSA) that the agency for the Scottish Health Service had not breached procurement rules in relation to its award of a contract to BUPA rather than Healthcare At Home. The […]

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The arrogance of presumption

John Tizard

If a senior executive or senior sales/business development representative from any organisation, be they in the business or social sector, were to claim that they should have more and more public service contracts awarded to them by an ever-grateful public sector simply because they exist, then I imagine that most rational people might be surprised […]

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Celebrating procurement leaders and innovators – National GO Awards 2013/14

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Each year the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards create a unique occasion for recognising, celebrating and sharing best practice and innovation in procurement. This year’s National GO Award 2013/14 event on 25 April at The Midland Hotel in Manchester continued to build on this tradition of success and served as a reminder […]

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