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UK construction industry grows for 5th consecutive month

Optimism for the future of the UK construction industry would appear to be at its highest point since April 2010.

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Scottish public procurement reform bill goes to Parliament

Changes that will make it easier for small businesses to bid for public contracts have moved closer, as the Procurement Reform Bill that sets out how European legislation will be interpreted and put into practice in Scotland goes to Parliament.

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Harrow Council the most friendly council for SME’s in London

The London Borough of Harrow has been named the most small business friendly council in the capital for procurement.

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Better data needed on EU public procurement expenditure

Public bodies across the EU should be obliged to publish “consistent and comparable” data on their procurement expenditure so that the outcomes from that expenditure can be better evaluated, the Scottish Government has said.
A report produced to aid the reform of Scottish Government procurement rules found failings over the amount and quality of information made available about public procurements across Scotland, the UK and EU.

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EU procurement reforms do not solve key issues

The European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC) do not believe the revised directives will achieve the modernisation objectives as originally announced by the announced the European Commission.
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New NHS terms and conditions published

The Department of Health has this month published the new versions of the standard NHS terms and conditions for the supply of goods and for the provision of services.

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Buyers support the use of Payment by Results

In the latest SM100 survey of buyers, 68% of respondents supported the use of Payment by Results (PBR), as a form of contract management.

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Oil sector need to adapt to sustain production

Speakers at the Offshore Plenary Session said UK North Sea production can be sustained into 2030s and beyond, but that sector will have to adapt, in a variety of ways to achieve this.

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Commissioning outcome based incentivised contracts

Commissioners need to find a way of delivering effective public services in a more affordable way. The basic principles for achieving this are integrating commissioning and budgets, and focusing on early interventions, but the challenge for Commissioners is how to find an effective and practical way of delivering this.

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Welcome

Welcome to the Tenders Direct blog.

We finally decided to embrace the social media phenomenon and have our own blog to provide you with information on developments in the world of public procurement but also to discuss directly with you and get your feedback and your thoughts about what is going on in this arena.

We will try to keep this blog updated as things happen and will also try to give our analysis and comment on any new developments.

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