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Why should you bother with GO Awards Scotland 2013/14? Here are 5 good reasons!

Director, Procurement & Commercial at The Scottish Government, Alastair Merrill, with GO Managing Editor, Grahame Steed, present Frameworks Scotland Team with the GO Team of the Year Award 2012

Being involved in procurement means knowing the value of every second, so why should you spend valuable moments filling in an entry form for the GO Awards Scotland? Our top five reasons: Self- evaluation, Networking, National Recognition, Positive PR, and Stakeholder Confidence. Here’s the breakdown of our the top five reasons why you should submit […]

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Where Obama leads, let the UK follow and overtake – procuring from responsible firms

John Tizard

There is an interesting public procurement initiative in the USA. It strives to align the multibillion-dollar government procurement expenditure with the pursuit of more responsible capitalism and public expenditure constraint. President Obama is to propose to Congress that federal contractors should experience sizable reductions in future payments and remuneration for senior executives. The President is […]

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Procurement Reform Bill update

On 23 May, the Scottish Government announced a delay in the introduction of the Procurement Reform Bill. The aim of the Bill, which was the subject of a three-month consultation in 2012, is to establish a framework for sustainable procurement through making procurement processes more transparent and streamlined, encouraging innovation and growth, increasing jobs and […]

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Tracker launches new range of online tools to boost business

Tracker

Business intelligence provider Tracker has launched three new products designed to boost business for UK suppliers. As a market leader in providing business intelligence solutions to companies globally, Tracker has launched a new product portfolio consisting of Tracker Advance, Premier and Elite to help businesses find, manage and win public and private sector tender opportunities, […]

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Clarity on award criteria transparency

In March, the Court of Session in Edinburgh confirmed a previous ruling in the case of Healthcare At Home Ltd v The Common Services Agency (CSA) that the agency for the Scottish Health Service had not breached procurement rules in relation to its award of a contract to BUPA rather than Healthcare At Home. The […]

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The arrogance of presumption

John Tizard

If a senior executive or senior sales/business development representative from any organisation, be they in the business or social sector, were to claim that they should have more and more public service contracts awarded to them by an ever-grateful public sector simply because they exist, then I imagine that most rational people might be surprised […]

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Procurement excellence on show at Procurex Live North

Procurex Live North audience

In today’s economic climate, getting the correct training, hearing from the leading decision makers and engaging with the procurement community has never been more important. As a result, the UK’s leading procurement training event and exhibition redefined its offering for 2013, launching regional events in Birmingham, Manchester, London and Glasgow in order to ensure that […]

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Mind the gap! Tax avoidance could lead to barring from government contracts

David Hansom

As part of the new tougher regime on tax avoidance, the Government has proposed that companies which were a party to successfully challenged tax avoidance schemes can be prevented from being awarded government contracts. The Cabinet Office recently published new rules which it says can lawfully be applied within the existing EU procurement regime. The […]

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Late payment of debts: welcome news for SMEs

David Hansom

The Government has introduced various measures over the last few years to seek to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The response published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the implementation on the EU’s new Late Payment Directive (2011/7/EU) reinforces this approach, albeit indirectly. The response sets out the results of […]

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Housing group joins forces with leisure provider in landmark acquisition deal

Government Opportunities

Places for People acquire DC Leisure In January 2013, property management and development group Places for People announced its acquisition of leading leisure management company, DC Leisure. Under the ownership of Places for People, DC Leisure will bid for the increasing number of outsourced leisure management contracts. Steve Philpott, Chief Executive of DC Leisure, said […]

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