The Federation of Small Businesses is calling for councils to better understand procurement spend with small firms in order to benefit local economies.

John Collington, the government's chief procurement officer is to leave Whitehall for a private sector position, it has emerged.

A Memorandum of Understanding cementing closer working and enhancing Government purchasing capability has been signed.

John Collington to spearhead a new cross-Government approach to procurement to get best value for money

The borough of Ealing is the latest of 15 London boroughs to sign up to one of the largest tender portals in London.

Savings expected to reach more than £3bn a year

The National Audit Office and the Audit Commission have jointly produced a review of collaborative procurement in the public sector. It draws on Audit Commission research in local government, carried out during the autumn of 2009.

25 per cent of government contracts to be awarded to SMEs

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