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Public procurement can make a difference – it all needs to

John Tizard

Over the last few days I have been one of a team of judges evaluating the entries for the Government Opportunities (GO) National Public Procurement Awards 2013/14. We have seen some fantastic examples of progressive procurement that has enabled local authorities, government departments, NHS trusts and others to secure better outcomes for communities and individual […]

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Budget 2013: what can we expect from the Chancellor?

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Tomorrow (Wednesday 20 March), Chancellor George Osborne will deliver a Budget during the UK’s longest ever period of economic stagnation and amid calls to drop his austerity measures in an effort to get the UK back on track. Indeed, Mr Osborne’s own backbenches have been urging him to make less severe cuts in his fourth […]

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National GO Awards – Last chance to compete!

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There is now just over 24 hours left for your organisation or authority to submit their entry into the National GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2013/14. We know it takes time to get your submissions just right when demonstrating the hard work your organisation has put in and as we received so many extension […]

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National GO Awards – Deadline Extended

National GO Awards

With a judging panel consisting of 11 heavyweights in the world of procurement, bringing together an unrivalled collaboration of expertise in procurement best practices, the National GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards is your last chance to share and celebrate your success story. Enter now to set yourself apart from your peers in this marketplace […]

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Infographic: Improving Government Procurement

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Infographic created by BIP Solutions.

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European Conference on e­Public Procurement

European Conference on e-­Public Procurement

The 1st European Conference and 1st Exhibition of European e-Platforms on e-Public Procurement takes place in Barcelona, on 20 March 2013, covering the wide range of disciplines required to understand and master e-Public Procurement. Scott Smith, Chief Operating Officer – Global Services Division, BiP Solutions, will be discussing the practical realities of opening up the […]

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National GO Awards – Setting The Standard

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With public spending set to continue as one of the highest profile topics in the minds of politicians, the business community and the public in general, public procurement will receive unprecedented levels of focus and challenge in 2013 and beyond. Established in 2003, the National GO Awardshave become the benchmark by which progress in this […]

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National GO Awards – a procurement expert’s view on why you should enter…

Dr Gordon Murray

The closing date for entering the 2013/2014 National GO Awards is 8 March. The publication of the closing date reminded me of my own journey from a cynic. My interest in procurement awards started during the 1990s solely as a result of the Best Value regime. I wanted some sort of external validation to demonstrate […]

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Monitor regulates Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

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NHS watchdog, Monitor, has taken regulatory action at The Rotherham Foundation Trust (RFT) to improve its financial management and patient services. The regulator found the Trust in significant breach of its terms of authorisation, after failing to promptly address financial problems. The key concerns, cited by Monitor, included the Trust’s failure to deliver its savings […]

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Be ethical to win public sector business

John Tizard

Tax dodgers should not win Government contracts! The Sunday Times (10.02.13) reports that the Government has decided to review bidders’ tax avoidance and payment history when procuring public contracts. This is a welcome decision and one that I and others have been advocating for some time. Such a policy will require the Government to be […]

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