What do I need to know about Framework Agreements?

Frameworks are “umbrella agreements” that sets out the terms – particularly relating to price, quality and quantity – under which individual contracts (call-offs) can be awarded throughout the period of the agreement.

Social and environmental factors in the new regulations – How will they impact buyers?

The recent changes in the public procurement regulations have resulted in greater clarity concerning the rules on social and environmental aspects. Social aspects can now also be taken into account in certain circumstances (in addition to environmental aspects which have previously been allowed) In practice this could mean including specifications for design work to contain […]

‘Part B Services’ verses ‘Light Touch Regime’

Under the new regulations ‘Part B services’ have been abolished and replaced with the new ‘light touch regime’. Below we cover what the new rules are, what has changed and whether this is a change for the better. Part B Services: What were the rules? Under the previous regulations all services were split into two […]

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 […]

Changes to EU Procurement Rules have raised costs and hampered effective purchasing

A survey by the Local Government Association published this week has revealed.  Although only a small pool, the result is interesting as it makes you wonder if this is a common trend across government. Only 36% of respondents believe that the EU Remedies Directive has led to more efficient and effective procurement practices. The Remedies […]

Modernisation of the European Public Procurement Market

Public procurement accounts for roughly 17% of the European Union’s GDP. In times of tight budgets and economic difficulties in many Member States, public procurement policy must ensure the most efficient use of public funds, with a view to supporting growth and job creation. This would require flexible and user-friendly tools that make transparent and […]

Getting feedback at the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) stage

One of the most frequent questions we are asked at Tenders Direct is ‘Am I entitled to feedback if I get knocked out at the PQQ stage?‘ This is a very important question as pre-qualification is used much more often in the UK than in the rest of Europe. The chart below shows the relative proportion […]

Financial thresholds for contracts published in the Official Journal (OJEU)

I’m a bit late with this blog post, what with Christmas and New Year and then all the snow, but better late than never. On January 1st 2010  new financial thresholds, which govern whether or not a contract must be published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), came into force. There’s often […]