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UK Government should reconsider its “open source first” policy

Faced with the longest recession since the war, it’s hardly surprising that the UK Government has been having a long hard look at IT in a bid to cut costs. Now a radical shift in policy has taken place under the leadership of Francis Maude, the minister in charge of the Cabinet Office. Mr Maude […]

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Summer Breeze

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To celebrate the start of the British summer next month, and the World Cup in Brazil, PASS (Procurement Advice & Support Service) is running a two for one offer on any of its events that are taking place in May and June. These events will be hosted by two of PASS’s principal consultants, who between them […]

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Taking the TUPE – the ability to judge employment law liabilities

When a public body changes its service provider, there may well be a transfer of staff for TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)) purposes. Staff from the incumbent supplier may in some circumstances transfer to the new supplier – this happens as a matter of law, regardless of the intentions of the incumbent supplier, […]

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Procurex North Live review

The latest developments and initiatives in the public procurement marketplace were on the agenda at the vibrant Procurex North Live 2014, held at the Manchester Central Exhibition Centre on 29 April. Most delegates crammed into the Keynote Arena to hear leading experts discuss all the essential information related to purchasing and commissioning within the public […]

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Public Procurement to Deliver Social Goals

John Tizard

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation have joined forces with Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP to make the case for using public procurement to address poverty and social mobility; and more importantly to demonstrate how public procurement for services and indeed goods can include wider social objectives in selection criteria. At a time of increasing poverty, especially in […]

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PASS – making you Brilliant!

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Did you know that PASS Procurement are so confident in their training that they offer all their training events with a PASS Guarantee – if you don’t learn, you don’t pay! As a further incentive, the brand is offering a special offer for all those in the public and private sectors who book an EU […]

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Different strokes? Room for manoeuvre in EU Directives implementation

The new EU public procurement Directives came into force on 17 April 2014, and must be transposed into national law within two years. Both the Scottish and UK Governments have stated that they intend to implement the Directives more quickly, however, with Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, announcing that […]

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Procurex South Live – The View From The Chair (Pt2)

Procurex Live

Here, in the second of a two-part special feature, Procurex South Live Chair Colin Cram concludes his review of the keynote presentations from the recent highly successful showcase event, held on 25 March at the London Olympia Exhibition and Conference Centre. In an echo of some of the proposed actions in the NHS, Clive Betts […]

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Procurex South Live – The View From The Chair (Pt1)

Here, in the first of a two-part special feature, Procurex South Live Chair Colin Cram reviews the keynote presentations from the recent highly successful showcase event, held on 25 March at the London Olympia Exhibition and Conference Centre. Packed into one day on 25 March at the London Olympia Exhibition and Conference Centre, Procurex South […]

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Calls for public service contracting transparency and accountability are ever louder

Calls for greater transparency in public sector contracting are gaining momentum. This chorus for democratic accountability will grow. These calls have been coming from many sources including The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, the National Audit Office, trade unions, campaign groups and even the CBI and some of the major corporate sector public service […]

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