The Crown Commercial Service: GB Interview

Government Business poses some questions to Malcolm Harrison, chief executive of the Crown Commercial Service

Think procurement is just a process?

David Noble, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, analyses where the procurement industry is heading

The government is open for business

Emma Jones looks at what the public sector is doing to get more business for small and medium sized enterprises

Time for procurement to lead the way

Procurement professionals have an important post-Brexit role to play in dictating future commercial success, says CIPS's David Noble

Buying with your head above the Clouds

The G-Cloud framework was first launched in 2012 to encourage the uptake of Cloud based solutions for the public sector. Government Business analyses its latest iteration, G-Cloud 7.

Jonathan Askin, a partner at Brachers, analyses the changes effecting commercial, contractual and public procurement law matters in the latest Public Contracts Regulations

Back in December, the Public Accounts Committee warned that the Government had become too dependent on a handful of ‘quasi-monopoly’ private sector contractors. Tim Colman of the Federation of Small Businesses provides an insight into future legislative developments and what SMEs want

The campaign to open up public procurement to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and micro firms looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. Tim Colman of the Federation of Small Businesses provides an insight into future legislative developments and what SMEs want

On average, collaborative procurement is estimated to be generating savings of 10-15 per cent for Local Authorities across the UK. Given the savings potential, it is vital that there is better coordination of procurement activities to ensure value for money is secured. Government Business looks at the recent local Government Association’s National Procurement Strategy

The Crown Commercial Service was launched in April, bringing together the government’s commercial capability into one integrated organisation.

Adopting smarter procurement measures can deliver social and commercial gains. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s recent report, compiled by Richard Macfarlane of Anthony Collins Solicitors and summarised below, shows how it can be achieved

Sarah Plant, senior executive of the British Plastics Federation, explains how PVC construction products can help local authorities meet their public procurement obligations by virtue of their economic, environmental and sustainability credentials

In 2011/12, the largest buying organisation in the UK spent £8.4bn on public procurement, and the Government Procurement Service will aim to increase this to more than £11bn by 2012/13.

Many businesses face the challenge of changing the perceptions that come with offering own brand product solutions at a lower price point.

Shaun McCarthy, director, Action Sustainability, and chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, considers the shift in focus from lowest price to consideration of wider impacts


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