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Ask The Experts – Specifications

By Julie Harmer, PASS Consultant PASS Consultant Julie Harmer answers some common queries regarding specifications. Q What is a specification? A A specification is defined as ‘the details describing something to be done or made’ – in other words, a ‘statement of need’. It details what the client wishes to buy and therefore what the […]

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Joining up

In the fourth in a series of articles, Ian Conner from Southwest One speaks to GO about how it felt to win in the Other category of last year’s SOPO Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Procurement. Southwest One is a unique joint venture company, consisting of Somerset County Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council, Avon and […]

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Fighting fraud

by Morven MacNeil, GO Features Editor A recent Audit Commission report has uncovered key fraud risks and pressures facing councils. There has been a growing recognition of the damaging impact that fraud has on the UK economy and on citizens. This recognition has resulted in some important initiatives to combat fraud. Fighting fraud is high […]

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Open all hours

by Jude Wells, Service Manager (Personalisation), Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council Stockport MBC has turned to interactive technology to enable a learning, sharing and debating culture within the authority. Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council’s Adult Social Care Services department was concerned that a number of key messages about the transformation of adult social care were not getting […]

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The building blocks

by Michael Hardware, Executive Vice-President, Chelgate Michael Hardware looks at how the construction industry’s procurement processes have developed in recent years and the different contract forms which are now available. The construction industry has had its critics over the years. An adversarial approach became embedded in the industry during the 1980s which increasingly hindered efficiency. […]

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The perfect framework

By Morven MacNeil, GO Features Editor Framework agreements can provide many benefits for both the public and private sector; GO looks at the latest framework agreement operated by the Pro5 Group. Framework agreement is the general term for an agreement with suppliers to the public sector which sets out the terms and conditions under which […]

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Achieving success

By Morven MacNeil, GO Features Editor Procurex Scotland 2009, organised by BiP Solutions, is the only event to recognise the combined power of the business to government and business to business martketplaces; book your place today to avoid disappointment. More than 3000 key decision makers from all areas of the supply chain are expected to […]

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To boldly GO…

By Morven MacNeil, GO Features Editor As GO celebrates its tenth anniversary this edition, we speak to key procurement figures to find out what they believe will be the biggest challenges to the profession over the coming decade.  Since the launch of GO in October 1999, procurement has progressed significantly. Whether it has been through […]

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Staying power

By Peter Harrison, Director of Sales and Solutions, Siemens Healthcare Public Private Partnerships in the health care sector are vital collaborations given the current financial pressures on the NHS. As health care targets grow more challenging and controlling costs gets tougher, a Managed Equipment Service (MES) can be an increasingly attractive option. An MES is […]

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GO Interview – Vice Admiral Tim Laurence

by Morven MacNeil, GO Features Editor Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, Chief Executive of Defence Estates and recently appointed Head of the Government’s Property Asset Management Profession, speaks to GO Features Editor Morven MacNeil about his new role and his most significant achievements since taking over at Defence Estates. High Performing Property was launched in November […]

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