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NS Tech publishes a weekly roundup of the top 10 (biggest) UK public sector IT tenders and awards. This week it announces that the top 10 tenders amount to more than £88m with the biggest being Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company’s £60m contract. It is looking for a strategic ...
The UK House of Lords appointed a Select Committee last year to examine Artificial Intelligence and its potential impact, both positive and negative, on UK society, economy, regulations and ethics. The report has now been published and it urges the UK government to take more ...
A province of Toronto Canada has announced it is eliminating the fees businesses have to pay to access procurement contracts. Although not a European story, we wonder whether it’s an initiative that may encourage other provinces, indeed other regions, that do charge, to do the ...
The Scottish Business News Network reports this week that Aberdeen-based Procurement firm, Millstream, has been awarded a place on the Scottish Government’s and local authorities’ Supplier Development Programme (SDP) framework: an initiative that assists more Scottish SMEs ...
Albanian construction firm Alko-Impex has been disqualified from taking part in public procurement procedures for a period of between one and three years. The Public Procurement Agency made the decision following a fact check when the firm bid for a “cleaning and tree-planting” ...
The European Commission has proposed banning certain ‘unfair’ trading practices that smaller food and farming businesses face. Their vulnerability lies in their inability to negotiate owing to less bargaining power and no alternative supplies to offer to customers. “With this ...
In the UK, the House of Lords, Science and Technology Committee, is running an inquiry into off-site manufacturing for the construction industry. This involves the construction of components before they are brought together for final assembly at their destination. In looking ...
The UK Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has welcomed the move by the Cabinet Office to strengthen a Prompt Payment Code for SMEs. Since the collapse of Carillion, which left some small businesses going under and others at the mercy of late payers, the FSB has been calling ...

Perspectives and Insights

Five Alternative Approaches To Lots And Lotting For Contracts

We provide five approaches to lots for contracts in public procurement.
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Collaborative Procurement in the Public Sector – Five Benefits and Five Negatives

The five benefits and negatives of the trend toward collaborative procurement and purchasing in the public sector.
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10 Surprising Things You May Not Know About Professional Buying Organisations (PBOs)

Think you know about PBOs and what they do in the procurement process? Here are ten interesting facts.
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Policies and Regulations

Procurement Challenge – UK Government Pays Out £100 Million

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in the UK has not appealed a challenge and must now pay out £100 Million.
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Guide For Public Authorities On The Procurement Of Innovation

The Procurement of Innovation Platform aims to make public procurement of innovation a widespread reality in Europe.
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Evaluation In Procurement – Why The Moderation Process Is Important

We offer five important tips on how to moderating the scores of bid evaluators.
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