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UK public procurement fragmentation: green paper and frameworks

Feb 12, 2021
The UK government’s green paper Transforming public procurement “fails to live up to its title,” explains CIPS. Colin Cram, a consultant who was a founding member of the government’s Central Unit on Purchasing – a forerunner of the Efficiency and Reform Group — said the proposals...

Free training to help SMEs secure more future contracts

Feb 12, 2021
UK big transport firms, HS2, Highways England, Network Rail and Transport for London, have joined forces in encouraging SMEs to register for free training courses designed to improve their prospects of meeting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) supply chain requirements and help them secure...

Transparency International releases latest Corruption Perceptions Index

Feb 5, 2021
2020’s Corruption Perceptions Index is out. The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople using a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. While most countries have...

New move to embed Civil Service training across UK government

Jan 22, 2021
Part of the UK government’s Civil Service modernisation programme involves a New Curriculum and Campus for Government Skills. It launches this month to transform training and development for civil servants, from the core knowledge they need at the beginning of their career to specialist training...

Scottish Environment Protection Agency loses data to cyber criminals

Jan 22, 2021
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has revealed that it was held to ransom by ‘serious and organised’ cyber criminals. Sources, including the BBC, reported that cyber criminals stole thousands of digital files belonging to the environmental regulator, amounting to about 1.2GB of...

NHS Wales to join the drive for adoption of GS1 standards

Jan 15, 2021
GS1 UK is a community of more than 42,000 members working in areas such as retail, foodservice and healthcare. It is one of 115 independent, not-for-profit GS1 organisations operating across 150 countries worldwide. It helps everyone involved in making, moving and trading goods to automate and...