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John Tizard: Public procurement professionals can make their mark in 2017

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There can be no doubt that 2017 will be a tough and challenging year for the public sector, especially local government and the NHS. This means challenges and hopefully opportunities for procurement professionals across the public sector. There will be less money with further and deeper cuts to expenditure and services. Over the last decade […]

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Public Procurement and Incomplete Tenders by Jill Fryer, Harper MacLeod LLP

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Binning bids – what do public bodies have to do with incomplete tender bids? Last month, the Court of Session decided that a public body was entitled to reject an incomplete tender and was not obliged to allow the bidder to correct an obvious error. The opportunity concerned a framework agreement for demolition services for […]

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Improving Corporate Governance and Company Behaviours – public procurement has a role

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The Government’s recently published Green Paper on Corporate Governance is widely regarded as disappointing by many in the public sector and trade unions. Whilst there are some important and positive proposals for improving accountability and transparency, especially in respect of senior executive pay, the overall set of proposals falls short of what many had hoped […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2016/17 – Winners Announced!

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The Winners and Highly Commended entrants for the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland 2016/17 were announced at a black-tie ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow last night, Wednesday 9 November 2016. Hosted by TV presenter Sarah Heaney, the Awards were a glittering finale to Scotland’s Festival of Procurement, which kicked […]

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John Tizard: Nobel Economics Laureate’s academic work could prevent inappropriate public service outsourcing

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The awarding of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Economics to Oliver Hart of Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA and Bengt Holmström of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA was a recognition of their excellent work over decades on the significance of contracting to economic institutions including companies and the public sector. The Royal Swedish […]

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John Tizard: Buyer, be aware when outsourcing – check bidders’ corporate health

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Over the last year or so, and most recently in the last few weeks, there has been a litany of major UK outsourcing companies announcing profit warnings and facing major challenges to their business models. Serco, G4S and now Mitie and Capita have hit the headlines for reasons that they would not have chosen. These […]

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GO Awards Wales 2016/17 – Winners Announced!

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The Winners and Highly Commended entrants for the inaugural Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Wales 2016/17 were announced at a sold-out black-tie ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Cardiff tonight, Thursday 6 October 2016. Hosted by BBC Wales presenter Roy Noble, the Awards were a glittering finale to Wales’ Day of Procurement, […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2016/17 – DEADLINE EXTENDED!

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We know you’re almost there with your submissions, but we also know you might need a little bit of extra time to make sure you’re putting your best case forward. To help, we have made a short extension to the submission deadline for the GO Awards Scotland 2016/17. The new deadline is 5pm this Friday, 16 […]

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John Tizard: Are the right questions being asked if local government outsourcing is growing?

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The simple answer must be “No”! The value of outsourcing contracts signed by UK local authorities in the first half of 2016 increased by 84% despite a dip in the value of overall public sector spending. This was revealed by the recent arvato UK Outsourcing Index. The Index also reported that the value of outsourcing […]

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Brexit: What could it mean for the red tape of Public Procurement? by Jill Fryer

The UK’s vote to leave the EU will have ramifications for almost every aspect of our lives and public procurement, where the vast majority of our national rules are derived directly from EU law, is no exception. Although we have been assured that “Brexit means Brexit”, at the time of writing we are no clearer […]

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