The Rule of Two & Small Business Set Aside Program

May 20, 2020
There are few matters in government contracting more fundamental than the rule of two and its influence on the small business set aside program. Federal agencies are required to provide fair opportunity to small businesses and socioeconomic concerns to participate in solicitations. There’s even a...

New UK public sector contracts are being published every day

Apr 3, 2020
Recent UK policy changes allow public sector buyers to speed up tendering procedures in order to secure resources as a ‘matter of urgency,’ as we reported last week. There are still plenty of public sector contracts being published amid all the uncertainty, Tenders Direct is keeping track...

UK Government changes procurement policy in response to Covid-19

Mar 19, 2020
The UK government announced on March 18 a change in their approach to the procurement of goods and services amid the Covid-19 pandemic, with immediate effect. In order to procure goods, services and works with extreme urgency during this time of crisis when the supply chain is disrupted, the...

How to drive procurement value in UK public sector

Mar 13, 2020
Adrian Overall, CEO of CloudStratex, discusses his campaign for change within UK public sector IT projects and procurement: waste and extravagance are often the words most associated with public sector procurement, he says. CloudStratex delivered a letter to No. 10 outlining their belief that the...

Scotland’s Programme helps more businesses win Government contracts

Feb 13, 2020
Alongside the Scottish Government’s Supplier Development Programme (SDP), Moray Council’s procurement team has been holding training workshops to help local businesses secure more public sector contracts. A diverse set of businesses have attended, who said in a post-event survey that their...

UK SME spending on the rise – but ‘ambition’ in question

Feb 6, 2020
The UK Cabinet Office has released its annual figures on how much Whitehall departments are spending with SMEs – both directly and indirectly – reports Diginomica. While SME spending is on the rise, now accounting for 25.7% of total procurement spend, previous years saw a decline, bringing into...