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GO Awards Scotland 2013/14 officially launches!

GO Awards

Deadline for entries: 6 September 2013 Supported by the Scottish Government and sponsored by Briggs Equipment Ltd, the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland is proud to announce the official launch of the 2013/14 event! The GO Awards Scotland are now in their sixth year and are widely regarded across government and […]

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The Use of Tender Evaluation Information in Contract Management

John Cole

For some years now, it has always been a mystery to me why public sector buying organisations generally keep procurement and contract management completely separated (almost like that distant cousin you have who you know exists somewhere but you’ve got no idea what they are doing or where they are living and would never dream […]

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Enfield Council – Case Study

Enfield Council | Capital Capture

An outsourced invoice processing service at this London Borough reduces team resources significantly across their accounts payable function Highlights Improved payment terms Enablement of automated payments Faster audit and financial reporting performance Elimination of invoice backlog Council-wide transparency of all invoices The review With a population of 312,466* in the borough of Enfield, and with […]

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China delegation visits procurement specialists BiP Solutions

State Council of the People's Republic of China | BiP Solutions

China delegation learn how procurement can be a force for economic, social and environmental change during visit to BiP Solutions A delegation from the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, the highest executive level of State administration in China, recently met with leading procurement intelligence company BiP Solutions in Glasgow to learn about […]

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Avoiding aftershocks from Shared Services Arrangements

Shared Services are a topical issue given the pressure on public bodies to save money. There are lots of different legal structures that can be used in shared services provision, including in-house service provision and setting up a company which may provide services to its member companies. Public procurement is an essential consideration when setting […]

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G-Cloud

Delta eSourcing

The G-Cloud has gone from strength to strength since its launch in February 2012. The innovative and streamlined procurement process created more than £4m in sales in the first year with 60% going to SMEs. On 5 May 2013, the government adopted a ‘Cloud First’ policy, making it mandatory for buyers of IT products and […]

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Final call for state aid to Irish airlines

David Hansom

The tide of case law on potential state aid infringements continues. In this latest blog, David Hansom from Veale Wasbrough Vizards looks at how Irish airlines have been most recently affected. The recent European Commission decision on unlawful state aid of differentiated air travel tax rates implemented by the Republic of Ireland will cost Irish […]

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Delta eSourcing achieves IL2 Accreditation

Delta eSourcing

BiP Solutions recently announced that the Delta eSourcing service has been accredited to Business Impact Level 2 (IL2) by the Pan Government Accreditation (PGA) service, provided by CESG. The PGA service was introduced to help public bodies check the standards of potential Cloud service suppliers. Delta eSourcing can be used at IL2 for confidentiality, integrity […]

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Where Obama leads, let the UK follow and overtake – procuring from responsible firms

John Tizard

There is an interesting public procurement initiative in the USA. It strives to align the multibillion-dollar government procurement expenditure with the pursuit of more responsible capitalism and public expenditure constraint. President Obama is to propose to Congress that federal contractors should experience sizable reductions in future payments and remuneration for senior executives. The President is […]

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Procurement Reform Bill update

On 23 May, the Scottish Government announced a delay in the introduction of the Procurement Reform Bill. The aim of the Bill, which was the subject of a three-month consultation in 2012, is to establish a framework for sustainable procurement through making procurement processes more transparent and streamlined, encouraging innovation and growth, increasing jobs and […]

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