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Woods case a reminder and warning for contracting authorities

It may go without saying that contracting authorities need to ensure that they adhere to the principles of transparency and equal treatment in tender processes. However, a recent court decision has once again reinforced the need for contracting authorities to consider taking more care in evaluating tender bids against award criteria. In Woods Building Services […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2015/16 Review

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Hopes and spirits were high at Glasgow’s Marriott Hotel on the evening of 6 October, as guests assembled for the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland 2015/16 dinner and ceremony. Over 400 attendees saw the sold-out finale to the competition’s largest-ever event. Among the guests were public sector buyers and their suppliers, […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2015/16 – Winners Announced!

GO Awards Scotland

The Winners and Highly Commended entrants for the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland 2015/16 were announced at a sold-out black-tie ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow tonight, Tuesday 6 October 2015. Hosted by TV presenter Sarah Heaney, the awards were a glittering finale to Scotland’s Day of Procurement, which kicked […]

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Staff and trade unions should be involved in public procurement

John Tizard

When public services are contracted to another provider it is important that the interests of key stakeholders including service users, the wider community and staff are taken in account. Indeed the interests of service users and the public more generally must always be paramount. This is not to argue that the interests of staff should […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2015/16 – 2 weeks until Scotland’s Day of Procurement!

GO Awards Scotland

The GO Awards Scotland 2015/16 ceremony takes place two weeks today! If you have still to book your table at the Awards, please do so now. Places are booked on a first come, first served basis, so we cannot hold any places in reserve. The GO Awards Scotland form part of the celebrations of Scotland’s Day […]

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Procurex Scotland 2015: Meet the Director

Ainslie McLaughlin

In anticipation of his keynote speech at Procurex Scotland 2015, Scottish Government Director of Procurement and Commercial Ainslie McLaughlin told Government Opportunities features writer Julie Shennan about his new role. Following Alastair Merrill’s recent departure, Mr McLaughlin joins Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorate from Transport Scotland, where he was Director of Major Transport Infrastructure Projects […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2015/16 – please book now to avoid disappointment!

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After the recent announcement of this year’s GO Awards finalists, tickets for the ceremony are moving fast and already, with three weeks still to go, it’s looking as though this will be the biggest GO Awards Scotland yet. Thank you to the many of you who have already secured your place! It’s going to be […]

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Confirm your place to attend the GO Awards Scotland 2015/16 ceremony!

GO Awards Scotland

Click here to attend the GO Awards Scotland 2015/16 ceremony! After our GO Awards Scotland finalists announcement last week, have you taken your opportunity to secure your place at the celebrations of Scotland’s Day of Procurement? Attending the GO Awards Scotland 2015/16 ceremony is the perfect way to be involved. The Awards ceremony will take […]

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Don’t forget the contract! In the pursuit of procurement excellence, one important document can be overlooked

The whole purpose of a procurement procedure is to award a contract to a supplier. However, with contracting authorities devoting their attention to the procurement procedure itself, often the actual contract is not given proper consideration. Contractual conditions are essential to ensure that the successful supplier is obliged to deliver the services, goods or works […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2015/16 – Finalists Announced!

GO Awards Scotland

Please show your appreciation for this year’s GO Awards Scotland finalists! After an intense campaign and a frantic day of last-minute entries, the judges have decided on this year’s finalists, which you can view below. Once again, with such high-profile competition, picking the winners for the ceremony on Tuesday 6 October 2015 at the Marriott Hotel in […]

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