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

The public spending spree may be officially over, but The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply, takes a closer look at what’s really needed to get public sector back into shape

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