New 2015 Procurement Regulations – Will SMEs benefit from the changes?

The official public contracts regulations which govern UK public sector procurement have been published and are coming in to force on the 26th February 2015. One of the main aims of the regulations and their precursor strategies ( such as Europe 2020 and the Lord Young report) was to encourage more participation from SME companies […]

The new EU Directive on Public Procurement: Accelerated Procedures

Over the coming months the Tenders Direct Blog will cover the changes coming into force as a result of the new EU Directives on Public Procurement. So far we have already covered: –    The history and a brief overview of the changes (The new EU Directives on Public Procurement have been published!) This blog will […]

The new EU Directives on Public Procurement have been published!

Over the coming months the Tenders Direct Blog will cover the changes coming into force as a result of the new EU Directives on Public Procurement. The first of this series will cover the history and a brief overview of the changes. Please sign up to the blog for updates on when the next in […]

EU Commission opens inquiry into UK financing for SME’s

An inquiry to examine whether a UK scheme allowing publicly-backed funds to invest in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) is being implemented in line with EU state aid rules. The opening of the inquiry gives interested third parties the option to comment on the measure under assessment.

Government consultation into streamlining public sector bidding process

The government consultation into streamlining the process of bidding for public sector contracts closed on 17 Oct and the outputs are awaited. SMEs represent 99.9% of the UK’s 4.5 million businesses, but just 10.5%of central government spend goes to them, at this time. The government aspiration is for this to be 25% by 2015.

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.

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.

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.

Corruption claims against Edinburgh City Council

BBC Scotland is broadcasting a documentary tonight (20th September) titled ‘Scotland’s Property Scandal’  on BBC1 Scotland (Sky Channel 971) after the news at 22:35. It will also be available on the BBC iPlayer for those of you who don’t have access to BBC Scotland. The programme investigates the evidence of possible fraud, wrong-doing and incompetence in the […]

Supreme Court overturns procurement case

The Supreme Court yesterday (9th February 2011) delivered a landmark judgement in the first procurement case to reach the court, overturning previous decisions of the High Court and the Court of Appeal.  The economic downturn and the massive cuts in funding for local authorities which are now beginning to flow through will increasingly require councils […]