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Playing to win – Chartwells

Tony Byrne, Business Director of Chartwells – part of Compass Group UK & Ireland – speaks to GO about how the contract caterer was re-awarded the multimillion-pound contract with Lewisham Council for the provision of school meals. Q What will your contract with Lewisham involve? A With the re-awarding of the school catering contract with […]

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Expressions of Interest – Time to share

By Paul Statham, Managing Director, RNM Systems/Condeco Following the Operational Efficiency Programme (OEP) interim findings which were published earlier in 2009, office space is becoming a contentious issue for the public sector, argues Paul Statham. The 2008 Budget Report announced that the Government would take action, through the OEP, to ensure that future efforts to […]

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Ask The Experts – Special Purpose Vehicles

By David Griffiths, PASS Consultant PASS Consultant David Griffiths answers some common queries regarding Special Purpose Vehicles. What is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV)? The term Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) is often used to describe the corporate body created when private sector companies join together to provide services under a specific public-private partnership. An SPV […]

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Quality through equality

By Mandy Wright, Associate Director with responsibility for Equalities and Cohesion, IDeA Why procurement officers should be promoting equality when buying goods and services. Sometimes it can be hard to see the relevance of equalities guidance when buying a consignment of pencils, but a new bill making its way through Parliament places a specific duty […]

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Partners in success

By Councillor Stephen Ardley, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, Waveney District Council In the second in a series of articles, Councillor Stephen Ardley from Waveney District Council speaks toGO about how it felt to win in the District Council category of last year’s SOPO Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Procurement. In acknowledgement of its […]

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The winning formula

By Morven MacNeil, GO Features Editor There is still time for buyers and suppliers in Scotland to register for an exhibition which will showcase a host of business opportunities for both sectors. Procurex Scotland 2009, organised by BiP Solutions, a leading provider of supply chain solutions, will be held at the SECC, Glasgow on 28 […]

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RIEPing the benefits

By Miriam Deakin, Improvement Manager, RIEP Programme Office, IDeA One year on, the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnerships are making strides in achieving efficiencies and improvements to services for citizens. As the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnerships (RIEPs) enter their second year, they face new challenges in a more volatile economic climate with an increasing […]

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Driving down costs

By Eric Brangier, Highways Manager, Colas A pioneering PFI project for road maintenance between Portsmouth City Council and Colas has transformed the quality of the road network in Portsmouth  over the past five years. With an extraordinary fall in public liability claims, a massive reduction in reactive maintenance costs and an award from the UK’s […]

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New models of delivery

By Tiffany Cloynes and Vincent King, Commercial Partners, Cobbetts LLP New approaches to delivering privately financed projects have been developed in recent years. Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) and Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programmes, as well as various PPP/PFI models such as joint venture companies and part privatisations, have all been implemented over […]

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A united force

By Morven MacNeil, GO Features Editor With the Government spending an estimated £3.8 billion a year on energy, GO looks at how energy is currently being purchased and the new collaborative initiatives aimed and streamlining the process. The procurement landscape in the UK consists of around 44,000 public sector buying organisations, including approximately 20,000 schools, […]

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