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New EU rules on frameworks: what you need to know by Andrew Lancaster

It’s now over a year since major changes to the EU public procurement rules came into force. Framework agreements were one area affected by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, changing how these ‘umbrella’ agreements are set up and operated. Twelve months on, what lost opportunities and key mistakes are surfacing and how can public sector […]

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Fear & codification in EU procurement law – 3 exemptions now enshrined in regulations

Kelly Sleight

The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 (the 2015 Regulations) came into force on 18 April 2016 and codified a number of key principles arising from EU case law. Although many authorities will be concerned about falling foul of the new procurement regime under both the 2015 Regulations and the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, this […]

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Let’s share the lessons from the Whitehall Shared Services programme

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“The Cabinet Office’s failure to manage the risks around the move to two independent shared service centres from the outset means that the programme has not achieved the significant anticipated savings and benefits to date. The Cabinet Office has begun to find its role in leading the programme but the delays have meant that technology […]

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Energy procurement: why the public sector should re-think its approach by Steve Malone

Despite the financial cutbacks seen across the public sector in recent years, procurement often remains a largely untapped source of efficiency savings for many organisations. One area in particular – energy purchasing – continues to see missed opportunities. It’s a significant area of spend and one that housing associations and other public sector bodies often […]

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Local government procurement professionals, you must act post-elections. Don’t miss the opportunity!

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On Friday 6 May and over the days following, many, though not all, local government procurement officers will have found themselves accountable to new political leaders, and to new political administrations. When democracy strikes, change is very likely. In my experience, I doubt that many of the candidates for leader of the council or elected […]

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New EU Public Procurement Directive makes the case for progressive engagement with EU and its regulations

John Tizard

Whilst the debate rages (or tries to) on the merits of the UK remaining a member of the European Union or leaving, there have been some significant changes to the EU public procurement regulations. Whether the UK remains a member or not, it is almost certain that EU regulations will shape our own domestic procurement […]

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Corporates & The Creation Of Social Value: Why We Shouldn’t Expect A Football Player To Perform Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

By Daniel Bridgewater If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, you know that I’m a fan of a vivid image, metaphor or analogy to get the ball rolling.  Well, this time, I just want you to picture David Beckham’s reaction if you asked him to play Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony on a grand piano The […]

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Viva La Social – How The Social Value Act Is Revolutionising Public Sector Procurement

By Daniel Bridgewater, Director, Hero Communications A child lost his parents and ended up in foster care. He didn’t have a suitcase, so his life was stuffed into a ripped bin bag as he made his way to his new ‘home’. His life. In a bin bag. This happens every day across the country.  One […]

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Budget 2016: what can we expect from the Chancellor?

On Wednesday 16 March 2016, Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his fourth budget summary in the last 12 months – but what can businesses expect to see in his latest fiscal review? And furthermore, what are the UK’s biggest business groups hoping for? In advance of tomorrow’s budget, the Chancellor has signalled tough times ahead […]

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Don’t abandon voluntary and community sector grants: use them

John Tizard

Within living memory, most public sector financial support to the voluntary and community sector and charities more widely was in the form of grant aid. This was the case across central and local government and the wider public sector. The move towards commissioning, accompanied in many public bodies by competitive procurement, subsequently led to a […]

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