Circular Cities – Innovating To Tackle Plastic Waste

4 Apr 2019
Registration for the ‘Circular Cities – Innovating to tackle plastic waste’ event at Scotland House (Brussels) on 16 May is now open. The conference is during #EUGreenWeek. Join others from EU institutions, cities, industry, civil society, academia and H2020 stakeholders for a one-day...

Public Sector Outsourcing To Commercial Companies – We Need More Training

4 Apr 2019
Following the UK Government’s published guide, the Outsourcing Playbook, party-independent think tank, Reform, says expertise in procurement should be improved with more training for those tasked with doing deals often involving very large amounts of taxpayers’ money – rather than banning the...

Crossrail – PAC Demands Accountability for Failures

4 Apr 2019
The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee is demanding the government explain who is responsible for ‘failures’ on the delayed and over-budget UK Crossrail project. A report by auditor KPMG in January revealed the project has gone nearly £3 billion over budget and is costing £30 million...

Procurement Fraud – A Public Menace

4 Apr 2019
According to new research from SAS, procurement fraud is widespread in the UK and the country lags behind many countries in its detection capabilities, being far more reliant on ineffective manual detection techniques than other nations. “A quarter of businesses (24 per cent) have been victims...

France – Making Public Procurement of Food More Sustainable

29 Mar 2019
Online sustainable responsible business portal FOOTPRINT reports this week that France has set up a National Council for Collective Catering (CNRC) to ensure that at least half the food bought by the public sector in the country will be “organic, sustainable or under official signs of...

Scotland: Work-Based Learning – Fast Return for Learner and Employer

29 Mar 2019
Scotland Excel’s Academy has boosted its accredited courses for 2019 after increased demand for more leadership and management courses. The Academy’s Strategic Organisational Development Manager said the Academy was designed initially to train public procurement specialists but they soon...

Please Procure Responsibly: The State Of Public Service Commissioning

28 Mar 2019
Independent, non-party, charitable think tank Reform has published a research paper this week on improving government outsourcing (rather than banning it). Government needs private firms and charities to deliver public services, it says, but should improve the rules for outsourcing. The report...

Healthcare Solutions Partner Publishes EU Exit Mitigation Plan

28 Mar 2019
UK-based healthcare solutions partner HealthTrust Europe (HTE), this week published a mitigation plan to counter risk from the UK’s proposed exit from the EU to support the continuity of high-quality patient care. The plan includes updated contract terms and conditions, fixed pricing and...