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Insourcing or Outsourcing – no place for political ideology

In the latest edition of The Catalyst, Ken Cole, FCIPS, looks at the insource/outsource debate. In the light of the Carillion failure, some public bodies have started the process of in-sourcing, even if the contracts are not necessarily failing, but because of political ideology, he says. And he...


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Vietnam To Open Public Procurement Market

Viet Nam will open up its public procurement market after the Viet Nam-EU free trade agreement (EVFTA) comes into effect, writes Vietnam.net. The opening of the market will also provide opportunities for Vietnamese contractors to reach the EU’s large public procurement market. The agreement is...


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Local Council Provides Free Training on Winning Public Contracts

Local council Cheshire East is holding free procurement training workshops to help business people with public sector contracts. The procurement training sessions are for local businesses and are designed to support small to medium-sized enterprises and create an opportunity to secure a portion...


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Government Voluntary Code of Conduct for Tech Partnerships with the Public Sector

Simplifying regulation, reducing the fragmented nature of public sector purchasing and allowing for more flexibility in NHS payment systems to allow for the introduction of new technology are all essential for better adoption of new technology, writes Lexology. The UK Government has published a...


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Police Force to Pool Procurement Resources in Collaboration Programme

The English southeast county of Essex is planning to pool procurement resources between six other police forces in a bid to reduce costs and gain better spending power. The 7 Force Collaboration Programme is made up of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent...



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UK Department for Work and Pensions Is ‘Overall Winner’ of CIPS Supply Management Awards

On October 10 the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions claimed the 2018 CIPS Supply Management Awards Europe ultimate accolade, taking the star prize of overall winner. Networked source-to-pay solutions, e-invoicing and innovative financing services global provider Basware was celebrating its...


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Another Public-Sector Procurement Fiasco Emerges

The UK Government announced in 2015 it was replacing its emergency services communications network to provide an improved service across England, Scotland and Wales. It was supposed to generate savings or more than £200million a year by being more efficient and effective. But a significant delay...


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From Transactions to Changemaking - Rethinking Partnerships Between the Public and Private Sectors

New Local Government Network (NLGN) is an independent think tank that seeks to transform UK public services. It has published a report on the government’s inability to capture detailed information on procurement with the private sector and why that is problematic. Without better data, government...


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CCS More Than Doubles Planned Spending on eSourcing Platform

UK Government buying organisation, Crown Commercial Service, is replacing its eSourcing platform in a framework it initially drew up worth £4 million to the winning bidder. Now that the contract notice has been issued, CCS expects the cumulative value of the deal across its four lots to be worth...