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Brexit – consequences for public procurement by John Tizard

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The narrow majority for Brexit in the recent EU Referendum could have substantial consequences for UK public procurement. This may not have been the result that many of us voted for but given the Government feels it must now press ahead to take the UK out of the EU, it is important to take measure […]

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Register your interest to enter the GO Awards Wales 2016/17

GO Awards Wales

Click here to register your interest to enter On the evening of Procurex Wales Live 2016, Wales’ Day of Procurement continues with the inaugural GO Awards Wales 2016/17! Fully supported by the Welsh Government, the number one procurement awards in the UK will host the very first GO Awards Wales on Thursday 6 October 2016. To register […]

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Is your organisation leading the way in best practice procurement?

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Taking place on the evening of Procurex Wales Live 2016, Wales’ Day of Procurement continues in the evening with the very first GO Awards Wales! Now open for entries, the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Wales 2016/17 is FREE to enter and open to the public, private and third sectors. The GO Awards Wales celebrate the success […]

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Procurement holds the key to better service charge recovery by Alistair Gregory

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If ever there was a time when social landlords cannot afford to absorb unnecessary costs, this is it. Welfare reforms, the extension of Right to Buy, government’s one per cent cut to social rents – all have added to the financial pressures facing the sector and its customers. For many public sector landlords it has […]

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New EU rules on frameworks: what you need to know by Andrew Lancaster

Andrew Lancaster

It’s now over a year since major changes to the EU public procurement rules came into force. Framework agreements were one area affected by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, changing how these ‘umbrella’ agreements are set up and operated. Twelve months on, what lost opportunities and key mistakes are surfacing and how can public sector […]

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Fear & codification in EU procurement law – 3 exemptions now enshrined in regulations

Kelly Sleight

The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 (the 2015 Regulations) came into force on 18 April 2016 and codified a number of key principles arising from EU case law. Although many authorities will be concerned about falling foul of the new procurement regime under both the 2015 Regulations and the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, this […]

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Let’s share the lessons from the Whitehall Shared Services programme

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“The Cabinet Office’s failure to manage the risks around the move to two independent shared service centres from the outset means that the programme has not achieved the significant anticipated savings and benefits to date. The Cabinet Office has begun to find its role in leading the programme but the delays have meant that technology […]

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Energy procurement: why the public sector should re-think its approach by Steve Malone

Steve Malone

Despite the financial cutbacks seen across the public sector in recent years, procurement often remains a largely untapped source of efficiency savings for many organisations. One area in particular – energy purchasing – continues to see missed opportunities. It’s a significant area of spend and one that housing associations and other public sector bodies often […]

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Local government procurement professionals, you must act post-elections. Don’t miss the opportunity!

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On Friday 6 May and over the days following, many, though not all, local government procurement officers will have found themselves accountable to new political leaders, and to new political administrations. When democracy strikes, change is very likely. In my experience, I doubt that many of the candidates for leader of the council or elected […]

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New EU Public Procurement Directive makes the case for progressive engagement with EU and its regulations

John Tizard

Whilst the debate rages (or tries to) on the merits of the UK remaining a member of the European Union or leaving, there have been some significant changes to the EU public procurement regulations. Whether the UK remains a member or not, it is almost certain that EU regulations will shape our own domestic procurement […]

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