Category: Politics of Procurement

Blacklisting is unacceptable says the Welsh Government

Companies in Wales who have blacklisted workers face being excluded from bidding for public sector contracts under a new policy.

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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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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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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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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”

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”

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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