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Innovation at the heart of the new public sector

Virgin Media Business

Robert Parker from Virgin Media Business takes a look at the impact the Public Services Network (PSN) is having within procurement in the public sector… There’s been a distinct shift in attitude amongst public sector CIOs in recent years. Long gone are the days where the focus was on keeping your head down and maintaining […]

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Positive action for social sector services

Government Opportunities (GO)

The Government, local authorities and the wider public sector continually claim their commitment to increased social sector and charity provision of public services. However, the sector all too often responds by saying that the procurement process is tilted against them. This is a key finding of ‘The Shadow State’ report on public service outsourcing from […]

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Autumn Statement 2012: Targets Missed

Government Opportunities

Back in 2010 the Chancellor, George Osborne, promised a ‘tough but fair’ economic package that would create jobs and balance the books by 2015 – but is he on target? The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement has confirmed the squeeze is set to continue until at least 2018 and the Office for Budget Responsibility estimates that the […]

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Tender intelligence product set to Advance

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Simon Burges, Chief Operating Officer of BiP Solutions, the providers of the UK’s leading business intelligence solution, Tracker, speaks to Government Opportunities on the next stage of the product’s evolution: Tracker Advance. As COO of the company’s Business Intelligence Division, I believe that the key to business growth lies within your product set. If you […]

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Autumn Statement 2012 preview

George Osborne

This blog originally appeared on Supply Contracts. For more from Supply, visit www.supplycontracts.com/blog or follow @SupplyContracts Chancellor George Osborne is due to deliver his Autumn Statement tomorrow, Wednesday 5 December, with the UK economy still struggling to recover from the worst recession in over 50 years. Mr Osborne will speak on the outlook for the […]

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Bringing healthcare procurement into the 21st century

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At the forefront of supply chain transformation in healthcare, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has brought hospital procurement into the 21st century. Alan Hoskins, director of procurement and commercial services at Solent Supplies Team, reveals the key to its success. Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust’s vision is to be recognised as a world-class hospital, and it is […]

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Long-term contracts – are they still fit for purpose?

John Tizard

Review with purpose and resolution I am regularly asked by local authorities and other public bodies what they can and should do about long-term service contracts and strategic partnerships with the business sector. Often political leaders and senior executives – who may or may not be the ones who agreed the original contract – may […]

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West Coast Main Line investigation continues

Government Opportunities

Inadequate planning and an over complicated organisational structure may have led to the flaws in the procurement process which caused the West Coast Rail debacle. On 3 October 2012 the Secretary of State for Transport announced that the competition to run passenger trains on the West Coast Mail Line had been cancelled following significant technical […]

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President Obama and the future of the defence industry

Government Opportunities

The campaigns are over, the polls are closed, the votes are in, and Barack Obama has been re-elected as President of the United States of America. The news has come as a relief for some and as a shock to others, and the focus now will be on the future of America and on how […]

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Contract Bidding Exclusions

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In the wake of the G4S Olympic security controversy, the Cabinet Office is proposing a policy whereby a supplier’s record in performing contracts can lead to their exclusion from bidding for central government contracts. David Hansom outlines the issues raised by the move and its potential implications. In response to calls by the Home Affairs […]

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