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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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”

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