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The importance of Learning and Development in procurement


In light of the recent public sector cuts and the ongoing demand for greater efficiency, having well-trained staff is more of a priority than ever before. Learning and development is hugely important, especially in procurement, in order for an organisation to become more efficient while maintaining and improving on the quality of services provided. There […]

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Finding the perfect formula

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By Shelley Queen, GO News Writer The National Audit Office (NAO) has produced a report that has found that the complexity of how finance is calculated for government grants hinders transparency and the ability to analyse how well funding suits government objectives. But just how well can government departments assess how much money they hand […]

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SMEs – Still meeting barriers


By Peter Robbins, Managing Director, Probrand Probrand explores the barriers restraining the public sector from doing more business with SMEs. “The current process design and management results in duplicated requests for information, suppliers being engaged for an unnecessarily long time and SMEs being excluded as distinct requirements are being rolled up into larger procurements. This […]

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Learning curve?


By Mohamad Djahanbakhsh, Managing Director of Serco Learning Local government and schools are facing significant cuts to capital ICT infrastructure grants (up to 80 per cent in some places). In order to survive and prosper in this new environment, a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach is no longer viable for the provision of ICT services to the education […]

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An opportunity for greater efficiency

  By Sally Wright, International Marketing Director, Pitney Bowes Management Services International   As public sector bodies come under pressure to find substantial savings, new research from Pitney Bowes suggests that re-examining how print is commissioned represents an easily accessible opportunity to reduce costs. Printed documents are a fundamental communications tool for public sector organisations, […]

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Why the procurement sector needs to accelerate change


By Paul Bailey, writer for Public Sector Public Relations   At this year’s Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) conference in Birmingham, which also celebrated 125 years of the organisation, the theme which recurred the most was the role of public sector procurement and the need for more financial innovation and planning. The […]

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Keeping progress in check

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Graham Kemp, Head of Public Sector, SAS UK Priorities are continually shifting in government according to new political appointments, world events, demographic changes and changing environments. As a result, public sector managers must constantly adapt to shifting goalposts at the same time as striving to manage performance and ensure that every organisation is delivering to […]

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The convenience factor

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By Tim Watkin-Rees, Director, PayPoint Earlier this year, the Local Government Association announced that government funding would drop by £3.4 billion, creating a funding gap of £6.5 billion during the 2011-12 financial year[1]. An additional 27 per cent reduction in funds is predicted over the next four years[2]. As a result, councils are examining all […]

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What difference does it make?


By Ray Jackson, Staff Writer In October 2010, Prime Minister David Cameron set out the Government’s ambitions for the future of public services in the Spending Review. With it came the announcement of the new Public Services White Paper, a detailed dossier on how the Coalition Government would modernise public services and decentralise power. Mr […]

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Managing older workers – why does it need to be challenging?


By Mary Clarke, CEO, Cognisco As of 6 April this year, companies are no longer allowed to give notice to employees of their retirement under a default retirement age (DRA), and from 1 October the DRA will cease altogether. This is a significant change for businesses and for employees who can now choose if and […]

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