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14th Procurex Conference at the SEC, Glasgow

Feature Review: Procurex Scotland 2018 & GO Awards 2018/19

Friday October 26th, 2018

Hosted by STV’s Rona Dougall at Glasgow’s SEC exhibition centre (October 23rd), this year’s event included 25 training sessions amid a variety of networking opportunities for all 1,500 delegates. Those in attendance were treated to a stellar lineup featuring Fife Council executive Keith Winter, Scottish Government Minister for Business, Far Work & Skills Jamie Hepburn […]

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GO Awards

GO Awards Scotland 2016/17 – Winners Announced!

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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Wales' Day of Procurement

GO Awards Wales 2016/17 – Winners Announced!

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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Inaugural ‘GO Awards Wales’ 2016 to showcase the best in public procurement launched

Press release on the GO Awards Wales from Welsh Government Register your interest to enter the GO Awards Wales here A new ‘GO Awards Wales’ ceremony to celebrate achievements within public procurement in Wales has been launched today by Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government Mark Drakeford. The inaugural ‘Go Awards Wales’, organised by […]

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John Tizard

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

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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John Tizard

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

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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GO Awards

National GO Awards 2016/17 – Winners Announced!

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

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

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

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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John Tizard

Public service outsourcing is not inevitable; and should never be the default option

Over the last decades, under successive governments, public service outsourcing has grown in value, scope and political profile. So, will this trend continue? There have been some notable failures and terminations over recent years, including: G4S and Serco’s contracts with the MoJ for tagging services; the early termination of the Somerset-based joint venture contract South […]

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