Troubled Interserve Awarded £660m in Contracts Prior To Collapse

21 Mar 2019
In the run up to its collapse, UK government key contractor was handed £660m worth of public contracts. “Rehana Azam, the national secretary of the GMB, said the Interserve case showed how ‘obsessed’ with outsourcing the government had become. ‘Awarding hundreds of millions in taxpayer...

More Reciprocity Called For in European Public Sector Contracts  

21 Mar 2019
New rules that would make it harder for Chinese companies to win public sector contracts in Europe are being called for by European heads of government. Draft conclusions, seen by POLITICO, calls on the EU to kickstart internal negotiations on a new law that would enforce “reciprocity” in...

Procurement Reforms Failed To Increase Contracts Going to Smaller Companies

21 Mar 2019
Despite procurement reforms, Scotland’s small companies have seen little impact on the number of public sector contracts they receive, a new report reveals. The report said: “While most parts of the public sector say supporting SMEs is a priority, there’s an absence of specific objectives,...

HSJ Partnership Award Winners Announced

21 Mar 2019
The 2019 HSJ Partnership Award recognises organisations for the outstanding work they are doing in partnership with the NHS. The winners have been announced and include PwC and North Bristol Trust, and Zilico Ltd and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust. The awards are designed to...

Green Public Procurement Training Programme in 11 European Countries

21 Mar 2019
ICLEI Europe, on behalf of the European Commission, is coordinating training on Green Public Procurement (GPP) across eleven European countries, including Cyprus, Latvia, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Estonia, and Lithuania. The objective of this programme is to support a...

Interview With Ingrid De Doncker, Founder of Procure 2 Innovate (Ireland)

21 Mar 2019
Procure 2 Innovate Project (P2I) connects competence centres for innovation procurement across Europe. Newly created Procurement Transformation Institute (PTI) has interviewed Ingrid de Doncker, founder of PTI (Ireland), on the Irish context of Innovation procurement, the role of the newly...

£500m NHS Cloud Procurement Framework

15 Mar 2019
NHS Shared Business Services is looking for suppliers for its four-year cloud procurement framework, which is designed to streamline how public sector organisations source cloud services. It is due to go live in early June 2019 and will be accessible to NHS organisations and the wider public sector...

New Social Value Proposals for UK Gov Contracts

14 Mar 2019
Under new proposals outlined by the UK government, the social benefits that can be derived from contracts must be considered by departments when they set award criteria. The draft social value delivery model sets out policy outcomes which  include supply chains that are accessible to SMEs and...