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Educating the buyers

By Ken May, Director, ESPO In the last in a series of articles, Ken May from ESPO speaks to GO about how it felt to win in the Education category of last year’s SOPO Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Procurement. In 2007, the Eastern Shires Purchasing Authority (ESPO) was engaged by Norfolk County Council, Milton […]

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Smarter purchasing

By Caroline Gardner, Deputy Auditor General for Scotland Caroline Gardner outlines the progress that Scotland’s public sector has made in improving its purchasing of goods and services and explains why increased collaboration between public sector bodies will be needed in the future. Since summer last year, Scotland’s economy has been in recession. We expect there […]

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Sharing knowledge

By Charles Gould, Managing Director, Brightwave. A group of Scottish councils recently carried out a collaborative procurement exercise for a new eLearning service – securing efficiency gains for each council. When a group of Scottish councils came together in September 2009 to create a new eLearning service, they led the way in two major areas […]

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Playing to win – Nobles Construction

By John Watson, Director at Nobles Construction John Watson, Director at Nobles Construction, Merseyside’s largest independent construction company, speaks to GO about the firm’s biggest education contract win to date. Q What does your contract with All Saints Catholic Primary School involve? A We were appointed by Tuneside to build a new state-of-the-art primary school, to […]

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In the firing line

By Steve Bannister, Director of ICT Consulting, Avail ICT could be targeted first as central and local government strive to meet the Operational Efficiency Programme’s extra efficiency targets. There is much debate within the media over which high-profile areas of public spending, such as health, education, defence or transport, will face the biggest budgetary squeeze. […]

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Challenging times

By Tom Wilson, Director, Appropriate Fit Procurement Tom Wilson discusses the importance of prompt payment in the current economic climate. Public sector organisations in the UK are under increasing pressure to provide better services to stakeholders in terms of quality, value, prompt payment, security, transparency and personalisation. In addition, there is a clear requirement for […]

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GO Interview – Richard Buxton

by Morven MacNeil, GO Features Editor Richard Buxton, Interim Chief Executive of Local Partnerships, speaks to GO Features Editor Morven MacNeil about the new organisation, set up to provide advice to public service bodies at community level, and the organisation’s plans for the future. A new body has been established to support and improve public […]

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Better connected?

by Louisa Boyle, GO Staff Writer GO looks at the recent developments taking place within the Connecting for Health Programme and the responses it has generated. Four years on from the launch of the Government’s ‘NHS Connecting for Health’ IT programme, there remains criticism and questions over its success. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) recently […]

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Expressions of interest – Preparing for pandemic

By Toby Lewis, The Live Group plc Toby Lewis offers guidance on how to keep meetings and conferences running despite the threat of swine flu this autumn. Swine flu has gripped the nation, and as it spreads across the country its initial impact on both day-to-day life and the business world is being widely reported. […]

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Playing to win – Parago Software

By Tim Roots, Director, Parago Software Tim Roots, Director of Parago Software, speaks to GO about the company’s contract win with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to implement an innovative asset management solution. Q What does your contract with Tower Hamlets involve? A We have partnered with Tower Hamlets to provide all schools in […]

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