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

Councils in Greater Manchester have been granted new powers to clampdown companies causing disruption on roads under the country’s first joint road works permit scheme.

Telford and Wrekin BC is set to publish all items of public spending above £100 as part of efforts to make the council more transparent.

CIPFA has been commissioned to benchmark council library services.

15 pilots will receive a total of £1.5 million to make the ideas submitted in their bids a reality.

Details of £9 billion investment in the railway system has been unveiled by the government.


The Prime Minister has secured a great result for UK business at the European Council on single unitary patent valid in up to 25 European countries and secured London to be the host.

The UK government has confirmed that temporary spending controls imposed on public sector advertising, marketing, communications and research budgets will now become a ‘permanent feature’.

Hackney Council is set to launch its revised Voluntary and Community Sector Grants Programme for 2013, which will see local voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations benefit from grants.

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

A National Audit Office (NAO) report has stated better communications are needed between central and local government if maximum efficiencies are to be achieved.

Local Government Minister Bob Neill saw first hand the new face of East London thanks to Government investment in regeneration projects.


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