Although there is UK and European legislation in place, late payment is still a problem faced by many suppliers and the prime Minister has announced a consultation will take place this year to question how responsibility for payment can be addressed by senior management; how the government’s own Prompt Payment Code can be strengthened; and how vendors can be encouraged to exercise their right to interest on late payments.
Previously we reported on a call from the OFT for public sector buyers and suppliers to contact them about their experiences with regards to the level of competition within the sector.
Companies in Wales who have blacklisted workers face being excluded from bidding for public sector contracts under a new policy.
Optimism for the future of the UK construction industry would appear to be at its highest point since April 2010.
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.
The London Borough of Harrow has been named the most small business friendly council in the capital for procurement.
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.
In the latest SM100 survey of buyers, 68% of respondents supported the use of Payment by Results (PBR), as a form of contract management.
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.
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”