Late Payments Shake Up In Spotlight Again

17 Jan 2019
Much in the UK news this week – as it marks the first anniversary of Carillion’s collapse – on The Public Sector Supply Chains (Project Bank Accounts) Bill, which has its second reading in March. Head of public affairs & public policy at the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians says...

Cabinet Office Late Payments Almost Triple Since 2016 

17 Jan 2019
In a week when late payments has hit the UK spotlight again, CITY A.M. reports that “The number of businesses receiving late payments from the Cabinet Office (CO) has nearly tripled in the last two years, despite the department imposing tough new rules on its own contractors who pay suppliers...

Malta – Government Refuses To Publish €274m Contract

17 Jan 2019
Since reporting on ‘a five-fold increase in the value of the original tender,’ in relation to Malta’s St Vincent de Paul Residence, we read this week in the Times of Malta that “The government has again insisted on refusing a request to publish a multi-million public contract (involving...

Procurement Excellence Award for Ministry of Justice

17 Jan 2019
The Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Procurement Excellence Programme is a globally recognised award demonstrating how well organisations are performing with their procurement and supply chain activities. The Ministry of Justice (one of the UK’s largest government...

Changes for Government Suppliers Post Brexit

17 Jan 2019
PYMNTS writes this week that “In the case of a no-deal Brexit, opportunities for suppliers to land contracts with the U.K. government may not be advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union, where such EU deals are listed. The U.K. plans to launch a separate electronic service...

Brexit Ferry Contract Latest – Award, Challenges and Dissension

11 Jan 2019
Following the award of the Seaborne Freight ferry contract in the event of a no-deal Brexit, read more here, Supply Management reported recently that ‘Scottish MEP Alyn Smith (SNP) has written to the EC requesting an investigation into the procurement process that led the UK government to...

North America and Europe Included in Top Performers in Anti-Corruption Efforts

10 Jan 2019
A new EcoVadis study, “The Fight Against Corruption: Insights Into Ethical Performance in Global Supply Chains,” considers issues around corruption, such as abuse of power, bribery, conflict of interest, fraud and money laundering, and how prepared companies are to address it. The report...

Executive Interview Series: Public Procurement Insights

10 Jan 2019
As part of the National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP) insights series the organisation talks to its Executive Director, with many years of experience in public procurement and in multiple roles, about her experience with the NCPP, changes in the procurement landscape and how to handle...