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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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Decommissioning a Burden or Bonanza

TotalDECOM™

A first-of-its kind event will take place at the Hilton, Glasgow on April 8 and 9 2014, TotalDECOM™ will bring together over 200 business leaders from the global nuclear, oil and gas, process and defence industries to discuss their own decommissioning challenges as well as, crucially, share knowledge and best practice. TotalDECOM will address the […]

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Lifting an automatic suspension of contract

Scottish courts maintain perfect record of lifting automatic suspensions Last month, the Scottish Court of Session once again lifted an automatic suspension of contract and allowed the public body in question to enter into the contract with its chosen supplier. South Lanarkshire Council had sought tenders for the provision of municipal waste services. Patersons was […]

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National GO Awards 2014/15 – Winners Announced!

GO Awards

The Winners and Highly Commended entrants for the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2014/15 were announced at a prestigious black tie ceremony in Birmingham tonight, 19 March 2014. This finale marked another fantastic year for the Awards, with hundreds of highly impressive submissions each representing a snapshot of the tremendous pioneering […]

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Budget 2014: What announcements will affect your business?

  Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne today (19 March 2014) delivered his Budget detailing changes he is planning on making to improve the UK’s economy. The Chancellor said: “I have never shied away from telling the British people about the difficult decisions we face. And just because things are getting better, I don’t intend […]

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Q&A with Adrian Davies, Contracting Manager for Crescent Purchasing Consortium

As the build up to the GO Supplier Summit, which takes place on 29 April at Manchester Central Exhibition Centre, continues, we talk to Adrian Davies,  the Contracting Manager for the Crescent Purchasing Consortium and one of the key speakers at next month’s Conference. What do you think should be the top priorities for procurement […]

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Budget 2014 preview: what effects will it have on UK businesses?

Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his Budget 2013 on Wednesday 19 March, but what effects will the upcoming announcement have on UK businesses? At last year’s Budget, the Chancellor’s plans were heavily geared at building a stronger UK economy with help for UK businesses to create jobs and deliver lasting prosperity. Amongst these announcements was […]

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Public sector procurement professionals – strategic contributors, not technocrats?

John Tizard

Having recently judged entries for the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2014/15 (to be presented in Birmingham this tomorrow evening, 19 March), I realise that there are some exciting initiatives and some great professionals in the UK public procurement service. Sadly, I also know from direct and indirect experience and reports […]

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