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sandra hatfield

Head of Learning & Consultancy

Will the revised EU rules spark a rise in public sector mutuals?

Proposed EU procurement regulations will see a “significant increase” in the number of public sector mutuals created to run services, say law firm Winckworth Sherwood, who advised the UK government on the changes, as the new rules are designed to encourage the set up of mutuals or co-operatives to run services.

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G Cloud 4 now open.

An OJEU contract notice for G-Cloud 4 has now been published and those interested in participating in the procurement process have until the 23rd September to submit bids. G-Cloud provides access to commodity, cloud-based services.     Continue reading “G Cloud 4 now open.”

SME’s urged to bid for £40m worth of business under the Digital Services Framework

Ministers have said that that new Digital Services Framework is open to businesses of all sizes that can offer innovative digital services to the public sector. Small companies have been urged to bid for up to £40m worth of business designed to help the government shift public services online under its digital by default agenda.   This Framework will work alongside the G-Cloud framework and has been introduced to support the  government’s digital by default agenda, which aims to save £1.7 billion a year  after 2015.       Continue reading “SME’s urged to bid for £40m worth of business under the Digital Services Framework”

What is a V.E.A.T notice?

This was a question I was asked recently by a delegate on our Compelling Bid course and this was the explanation provided. The abbreviation stands for Voluntary Ex-Ante Transparency notice and it is covered by the Remedies Directive.

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National Audit Office confirms savings by improved public procurement

The National Audit Office (NAO) has backed up the government’s figures regarding £1.020 million in procurement savings through better public procurement by the UK government’s Efficiency and Reform Group, but it has not assessed the accuracy of the total savings claimed. The reason why is due to uncertainties about the underlying data in departments, however the NAO have said that if improvements in the ERG processes and methodologies continue, then they may be able to provide formal assurance in the future. Continue reading “National Audit Office confirms savings by improved public procurement”

Bidder launches legal action after missing out on £1.2bn waste contract

Covanta, an aggrieved bidder is taking legal action over a 30year contract award by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), to SITA UK. The legal team for rival bidder Covanta said that it was flawed procurement process, that failed to take into account the economic savings in their clients bid. Continue reading “Bidder launches legal action after missing out on £1.2bn waste contract”

Office Fair Trading Launch Investigation into Government IT Market

An investigation into the competitiveness of the multi-billion pound government IT market has been launched by the Office of Fair Trading. The OFT is seeking input from firms in a market where the top 20 suppliers received £10.4bn for their services.

The OFT want smaller companies to inform it about barriers they have faced competing in the sector, which has repeatedly been criticised in the past for an over-reliance on a small number of large companies. This surely begs the question how can value for money or effective service have been demonstrated, when there would appear to be a closed market in operation? Continue reading “Office Fair Trading Launch Investigation into Government IT Market”

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