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West Coast Main Line investigation continues

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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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What the US election means for the global defence industry

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With the US presidential election taking place today, the world’s focus will be on America and the ‘most powerful office in the world’. America represents 43% of global defence spending, making it the undisputed leader on the world’s defence stage. Whatever the outcome of today’s contest between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, the […]

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Traditional Outsourcing – Increasingly Less Relevant

John Tizard

Over the last couple of years, I and some others have been arguing that the traditional model of public sector outsourcing has reached the end of its natural life – or if not, is very close to it. Increasingly, the evidence is growing that this view is shared by some, if not most, public sector […]

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Procurement preparedness: dealing with natural disasters

As the devastating Hurricane Sandy makes its way across the East Coast of America, businesses face the daunting task of beginning their clean up and recovery. The cost of the storm is still being calculated but estimates have so far suggested the total could reach up to $45bn in damage and lost production. Wall Street […]

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Procurement elite support Procurex Scotland 2012

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Scotland’s largest event dedicated to the procurement industry took place at the SECC in Glasgow this week, supported by the Scottish Government and playing host to some of the top players in the procurement community. Incorporating the Scottish Government National Public Procurement Conference, the day began with a special Ministerial Viewpoint from Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy […]

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Procurement excellence celebrated at GO Awards Scotland

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At a glittering evening ceremony in Glasgow’s Marriott hotel, 22 finalist teams from public, private and third sector organisations joined together last night to honour outstanding achievements in procurement at the Government Opportunities Excellence in Public Procurement Awards for Scotland 2012/13. Now in its fifth year, the prestigious GO Awards Scotland aims to recognise excellence […]

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The impact of localising council tax benefits

Proposals to transform council tax benefits have been met with fierce criticism but what do they mean for local authorities and the communities they provide for? In the 2010 Spending Review, the Government announced plans to localise council tax benefit. These plans are being taken forward through the Local Government Finance Bill which has now […]

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EC release SME Performance Review 2012

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This post originally appeared on Supply Contracts. For more from the Supply blog, click here An annual report on small and medium-sized businesses in the EU has been published, and shows that across Member States the outlook for SMEs continues to be poor. The SME Performance Review 2012, published by the European Commission on 15 […]

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