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FOI and public procurement: the disclosure exemption is not the rule

Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation aims to ensure transparency in the use of public funds.  But when it is used to try to obtain sensitive information about tenders, it can jeopardise healthy competition – businesses may be discouraged from dealing with the public sector if they think their confidential information will be disclosed.  It can […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2013/14 – Finalists

GO Awards

Main Sponsor – Thank you to all who showed an interest in the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland 2013/14. The standard of the submissions received was highly impressive, each presenting a unique account of the excellent and innovative work which is carried out every day in procurement. The finalists in each […]

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Public confidence in public services outsourcing has been severely dented – if not holed below the waterline

John Tizard

A recent poll by the ‘We Own It’ campaign organisation identified that a staggering 58% of those surveyed believe that Serco and G4S should be barred from bidding for public service contracts if they are found guilty of fraud. Both companies are under investigation following accusations relating to Ministry of Justice contracts. Some politicians and […]

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Drafting a Compliant PQQ

Eddie Regan

The pre-qualification stage is critical to the success of the procurement exercise. It is essential to ensure that all pre qualification questionnaire (PQQ) questions are compliant with the EU principles as failure to construct an effective pre-qualification questionnaire can lead to a contracting authority having to cancel the tender.   We catch up with senior […]

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GO Awards Scotland – book your table now!

GO Awards

Come along to the GO Awards Scotland for the networking opportunity of the year! Held on the evening of Procurex Scotland Live, the prestigious ceremony for the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland takes place on 22 October from 6.45pm at the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow. Join us for an evening of celebration […]

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Procurement challenges

Facing up to a procurement challenge: protocols, processes and preparation. A challenge to a procurement decision made by a contracting authority can either occur during the procurement process itself or (more likely) at the conclusion of it. It can embroil the contracting authority in time-consuming and expensive litigation; it can delay projects or divert funding […]

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EU Directives: Interview with PASS Consultant Eddie Regan

Eddie Regan

Ahead of the introduction of the new EU Directives, we talk to Senior PASS Consultant Eddie Regan about the changes to come. In advance of the publication of the new Public Procurement Directive, as well as new Utilities Procurement and Concession Contract Directives, it is crucial that the public sector starts to understand the implications of the […]

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Delta has clean sweep in North of England NHS e-tendering

Delta eSourcing

BiP Solutions has been successful in being appointed to a shared two-year framework Agreement to provide its innovative Delta e-Sourcing service to member organisations of the North of England NHS Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC). Gail Humphreys, NOE CPC Procurement Specialist responsible for the framework said “We conducted an extremely thorough tender and evaluation process […]

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GO Awards Scotland – last chance to enter!

GO Awards

The Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland deadline is this Friday 13 September at 5pm! THIS IS THE LAST CHANCE FOR YOUR ORGANISATION TO BE RECOGNISED! There will be no more extensions! The judging panel, all leading figures in public procurement, meet soon to review this year’s high profile submissions, so this […]

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Public service outsourcing – can accountability and public confidence be restored?

John Tizard

Throughout 2012 and 2013, we have seen an increasing litany of press reports, official enquiries and more recently Serious Fraud Office and police investigations on high-profile public service outsourcing contracts and contractors. From the Olympic Games security staffing to the Ministry of Justice tagging contracts to prisoner transport and GP services contracts – some big […]

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