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GO Conferences presents: National NHS Procurement Conference 2010 – Current Issues: Future Plans The NHS in England spends around £20 billion of taxpayers’ money on goods and services. Expenditure on public services is currently under review and is certain to be a major topic of debate leading up to this year’s General Election. The National […]

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Working together

In the second in a series of articles from 2009-10’s National GO Awards winners, we look at the successful entries in the Collaborative Procurement categories. GO Best Collaborative Procurement Exercise Award Winner – Leicestershire County Council The Midlands Highway Alliance (MHA), led by Leicestershire County Council, commenced in July 2007. The Alliance comprises East Midlands […]

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Expressions of interest – KiddiVouchers Ltd

By Alison Chalmers, Director, KiddiVouchers Ltd Is bigger always better? Collaborative procurement is the name of the game for public sector tenders in 2010, with the economic climate focusing attention on the need for efficiency savings. Tenders are increasingly being conducted by purchasing consortia, but there is also an increased propensity for individual public sector […]

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Ask The Experts – Supplier Financial Appraisals

By David Griffiths, PASS Consultant PASS consultant David Griffiths answers your queries on Supplier Financial Appraisals. What are Supplier Financial Appraisals? This is a method used to conduct a first stage financial appraisal of suppliers in an Open Procedure scenario under the EU Procurement Directives. The following brief summary of the process should be used […]

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Winning recognition

By Grahame Steed, GO Managing Editor Now is the time to submit your 2010-11 National GO Awards entry before nominations close – deadline for entries is 16 April. Since the start of the recession, public spending has been perhaps the hottest topic in government, with the key theme being ‘how to do more with less’.  […]

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The healthy option

By Morven MacNeil, GO Features Editor The Department of Health has published a new Commercial Operating Model outlining the strategic reorganisation of the various NHS buying organisations and how health care supplies are commissioned. The NHS currently spends an estimated £20 billion a year on its outsourced requirements, procuring an extensive range of goods and […]

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Playing to win

ICS Ltd Alan Christie, Business Development Director at ICS Ltd, speaks to GO about the company’s recent contract win with Newcastle City Libraries for the installation of their print and copy management system. Q What does your contract with Newcastle City Libraries involve? A With up to 6000 people a day visiting their new library, […]

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Learning curve

By Susan Wright, Head of Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium With Higher Education facing spending cuts in the coming years, the sector is looking to consortia to save money. Funding, or future cuts in funding, in the Higher Education (HE) sector has rarely been out of the news in recent months. In December, Lord Mandelson announced […]

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GO Interview – Ian Taylor

By Morven MacNeil, GO Features Editor Ian Taylor, Commercial Director at the Department for Children, Schools and Families, speaks to GO Features Editor Morven MacNeil about current developments within the Department and the challenges facing procurement over the coming years. The purpose of the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) is to make the […]

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Power in numbers

By Bob Cuzner, Communications Manager, The Pro5 Group Consortia such as The Pro5 Group are driving value for money for local authorities by providing innovative frameworks Education institutions, emergency services and voluntary organisations purchase their supplies from procurement departments from the local government authorities in their areas. The supplies they require vary from cleaning materials […]

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