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Commissioning and procurement remain complementary but different

I despair whenever I hear people confuse or deliberately conflate public sector commissioning and procurement.  Too often the words are used as if they are interchangeable. They are not. However, all too often the procurement processes and thinking are corrupting commissioning practice.  This is a huge mistake and will lead to less effective use of […]

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Why public sector procurement is overdue for the ‘Amazon treatment’

Public sector procurement has been mired in a 1990s way of thinking for too long as the Government follows the traditional ‘Procurement 101’ rules of aggregating your spend, leveraging the market and consolidating your supply base. This may work when buying products or for larger public service procurement but it simply doesn’t make sense when […]

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Mandatory Exclusion Grounds

Eddie Regan

Special Offer: Save 25% on any of these PASS events using promotional code PASS25, if booked before 31 July 2014. Honesty is such a lonely word Everyone is so untrue Honesty is hardly ever heard And mostly what I need from you (Billy Joel – Honesty) One of the interesting aspects of the new EU […]

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A balancing Act? Greater access brings additional duties as Scottish procurement reform gets Royal Assent

The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (the “Act”) received Royal Assent on 17 June 2014 after being introduced into the Scottish Parliament on 3 October 2013. The Act does not replace the current Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (the “Regulations”) but will instead sit alongside the Regulations once it is enacted. Here, Kelly Sleight of […]

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How Whitehall’s latest outsourcing problems could be avoided

The news that ministers are warning of problems, emerging from Whitehall’s IT shake-up, is unsurprising and reveals a common problem when it comes to outsourcing – where the sole aim is to save money and quality is given insufficient consideration. There are countless examples of similar projects that have failed to meet the business objectives, […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2014/15 – ENTER NOW!

Scotland’s foremost procurement awards have launched and are now accepting entries! The Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland recognise the contribution of individuals, teams and organisations in delivering effective public services and we believe your success should be recognised and celebrated. We encourage you to enter the Awards to ensure that your […]

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Do yourself a favour… consider the risk of state aid

The public procurement regulations are not the only legal constraint for a public body to consider when looking to purchase. If a public body has a requirement with a value below the relevant OJEU thresholds (£172,514 for services and supplies contracts and £4,322,012 for works contracts) and the contract is not likely to be of […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2014/15 – Now open for entries!

The Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards has launched its brand new, easy to use, online entry process, and is now accepting submissions! Scotland’s foremost procurement awards Established in 2007, the FREE TO ENTER GO Awards Scotland are unique in recognising the contribution of individuals, teams and organisations in delivering effective public services […]

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GO Awards Scotland 2014/15 – Entry opens 23 June!

GO Awards

Following on from the huge success of the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards in March of this year, GO has announced that the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland will be open for submissions from next Monday, 23 June. Established in 2007, the GO Awards Scotland have become […]

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ECJ refuses to extend the Teckal in-house exemption

A recent judgement of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) serves as a reminder of the dangers of using novel arguments to justify not running a compliant procurement: they are often unsuccessful and best avoided if at all possible. David Hansom considers the case (Case C-15/13 Datenlotsen Informationssysteme GmbH v Technische Universitat Hamburge-Harburg, 7 May […]

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