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Expressions of interest – Setting the foundations

By John Tizard, Director, CPSP@LGiU and Member of the BiP Solutions Strategic Advisory Board John Tizard explains how Competitive Dialogue – A practical guide is an essential text in understanding the procedure and how it should be implemented. Any procurement process, and especially one based on the European Union’s Public Procurement Directives, could sound like […]

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Ask the Experts – Promoting skills through procurement

By Peter Howarth, PASS Consultant PASS Consultant Peter Howarth answers your queries on  promoting skills through public procurement The leaders of my council have asked me to include provision for apprenticeships in some of the contracts I deal with. Can I do this? Yes, it is possible to use contracts to deliver apprenticeships and other […]

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Playing to Win – Specsavers Corporate Eyecare

By Andy Drake, Corporate Account Manager, Specsavers Corporate Eyecare Andy Drake, Corporate Account Manager at Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, speaks to GO about the company’s recent contract win with the Welsh Assembly Government to supply eyecare to its employees. Q What does your contract with the Welsh Assembly Government involve? Specsavers Corporate Eyecare has secured a […]

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A valued source

by Tom Wilson, Director, Appropriate Fit Procurement There are many tools available to the public sector to help improve its eSourcing techniques, writes Tom Wilson. eSourcing is a suite of web-based tools that enable procurement professionals, delegated purchasers, key stakeholders and suppliers to conduct the strategic activities within the procurement lifecycle over the internet. These […]

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GO Interview – Ken May

By Morven MacNeil, GO Features Editor Ken May, Director of Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation, speaks to GO Features Editor Morven MacNeil about the importance of purchasing consortia and the role of The Pro5 Group. Buying consortia exist to enable public bodies to benefit from bulk-buying, achieve economies of scale and secure procurement expertise. A consortium […]

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Up to the challenge

By Morven MacNeil, GO Features Editor Procurex National 2010 provided invaluable information on how to meet the latest efficiency challenges and maximise supply chains. In its first year, Procurex National 2010 attracted a high number of delegates, exhibitors and key decision makers, making it a huge success. The event, organised by BiP Solutions, took place […]

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Business sense

In the third in a series of articles from 2009-10’s National GO Awards winners, we look at the successful entries in the Best Small Business or Third Sector Service Provider and Best Service categories. GO Best Small Business or Third Sector Service Provider Award Winner – KiddiVouchersLtd / Worcestershire County Council KiddiVouchers Ltd is a […]

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The final countdown

By Grahame Steed, GO Managing Editor With the deadline for entries just weeks away, make sure you submit your 2010-11 National GO Awards entry before it is too late. With the latest round of efficiency savings, the 2010-11 National Government Opportunities (GO) magazine Excellence in Public Procurement Awards is the ideal platform for the procurement […]

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Stepping up to the challenge

By Morven MacNeil, GO Features Editor Attending Procurex National 2010 will give you first-hand knowledge of how to achieve the latest efficiency challenges. In recent years, public sector organisations have gone through multiple rounds of cost-cutting. Now, with the latest round of spending targets, senior executives face very difficult decisions about how to further reduce […]

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Shared success

By Michael Robertson, Managing Director, Commerce Media Shared services is a broad concept that can mean different things to different people, writes Michael Robertson. To some, shared services is about the centralisation or consolidation of similar activities in one location; to others, it is related to improving back-office functions. Regardless of its form, shared services […]

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