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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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Corporates & The Creation Of Social Value: Why We Shouldn’t Expect A Football Player To Perform Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

Corporates & The Creation Of Social Value: Why We Shouldn’t Expect A Football Player To Perform Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

By Daniel Bridgewater If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, you know that I’m a fan of a vivid image, metaphor or analogy to get the ball rolling.  Well, this time, I just want you to picture David Beckham’s reaction if you asked him to play Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony on a grand piano The […]

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Viva La Social – How The Social Value Act Is Revolutionising Public Sector Procurement

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By Daniel Bridgewater, Director, Hero Communications A child lost his parents and ended up in foster care. He didn’t have a suitcase, so his life was stuffed into a ripped bin bag as he made his way to his new ‘home’. His life. In a bin bag. This happens every day across the country.  One […]

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Budget 2016: what can we expect from the Chancellor?

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On Wednesday 16 March 2016, Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his fourth budget summary in the last 12 months – but what can businesses expect to see in his latest fiscal review? And furthermore, what are the UK’s biggest business groups hoping for? In advance of tomorrow’s budget, the Chancellor has signalled tough times ahead […]

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Don’t abandon voluntary and community sector grants: use them

John Tizard

Within living memory, most public sector financial support to the voluntary and community sector and charities more widely was in the form of grant aid. This was the case across central and local government and the wider public sector. The move towards commissioning, accompanied in many public bodies by competitive procurement, subsequently led to a […]

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National GO Awards 2016/17 Review

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The air was electric on the evening of 8 March as attendees, entrants and judges gathered at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate for the much anticipated Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2016/17. With over 130 finalists and over 500 guests, this year’s National GO Awards ceremony and gala dinner was the biggest to […]

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Procurex North Live 2016 Review

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Possibility filled the air at this year’s Procurex North Live showcase event when representatives from both sides of the procurement process and some of the UK’s leading procurement experts descended onto the floor of the Manchester Central Convention Complex on Tuesday 8 March. Opportunities for discovery and networking presented themselves in all corners of the […]

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National GO Awards 2016/17 – Winners Announced!

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The Winners and Highly Commended entrants for the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2016/17 were announced at a sold-out, glittering black-tie ceremony at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate tonight, Tuesday 8 March 2016. Hosted by TV presenter Sarah Heaney, the ceremony was the grand finale to the National GO Awards’ biggest ever event, and […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Winning Government Contracts launches

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In response to UK government procurement reform, BiP Solutions has thrown a lifeline to those seeking public sector business by releasing its Ultimate Guide to Winning Government Contracts. The Ultimate Guide starts by explaining the scale of the public sector marketplace and the financial gains it has to offer businesses of all types and sizes. […]

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National GO Awards 2016/17 – please book now to avoid disappointment!

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After the recent announcement of this year’s National GO Awards finalists, the demand for tickets to attend the ceremony has been incredible! It’s great to see so many organisations already confirming their attendance. Please note that this is the largest number of finalists ever for the National GO Awards; as previous events have sold out, […]

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