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

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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Event Diary

This year, Total Telecom’s Connected Britain is celebrating its 10th anniversary, marking a decade of networking, innovation, and collaboration. The conference is now the UK’s largest digital economy event, set to welcome over 7,500 delegates from the telecoms industry and beyond to discuss the hottest topics at ExCel London on September 11–12. 

DTX brings together creative minds and technology practitioners with the tools needed to drive change, enhance experiences and improve efficiencies across today’s organisations.

The countdown to the Environmental Services & Solutions Expo (ESS Expo) is on! As the UK’s largest environmental gathering, ESS Expo is set to take place on 11-12 September 2024 at the NEC, Birmingham.