Public sector should ‘do more’ to remove tendering barriers

Over 90 per cent of British SMEs think the public sector should do more to remove the tendering barriers they face when bidding for public sector contracts.

Guidance for council to help businesses boost trade

The LGA has published guidance to help councils support their local businesses to take advantage of new export opportunities.

Response to pandemic has ‘exposed the taxpayer’

MPs have said that the government’s response to the pandemic has exposed the taxpayer to ‘significant financial risks for decades to come’.

Bid to double number of hydrogen buses coming to Liverpool

Liverpool City Region’s planned hydrogen bus fleet could double in size – before the first vehicle even hits the road.

Firms must commit to net zero to win government contracts

New measures will require businesses to commit to net zero by 2050 and publish carbon reduction plans before they can bid for major government contracts.

Government spending with SMEs continues to rise

Latest procurement figures show that across government £15.5 billion was paid to small and medium sized businesses to help deliver vital public services.

G-Cloud 12 framework extended for 12 months

The Crown Commercial Service has decided to extend G-Cloud 12 framework agreement for 12 months.

Social care left exposed by lack of PPE, say MPs

DHSC's decision to prioritise hospitals at the beginning of the pandemic meant social care providers were left exposed by lack of PPE.

Government urged to clean up its coronavirus procurement

Labour says that almost £2 billion of coronavirus spending has been spent on ‘crony’ contracts going to Conservative friends and donors.

New plans set out to transform procurement

The Cabinet Office has launched new plans to overhaul procurement rules, making it easier for smaller businesses to win government contracts.

'Come clean’ over coronavirus deals, says watchdog

The government has not been transparent about suppliers and services when it scrambled to award £18 billion worth of coronavirus contracts.

The government has potential to save at least £30bn a year

The Centre for Policy Studies has set out nine ideas which would deliver £30 billion a year to the Treasury without impacting frontline services.

New public procurement measures announced

Under new measures, businesses seeking to win government work must set out how they will also deliver social value priorities.

New marketplace opens for public sector AI

The new Artificial Intelligence Dynamic Purchasing System, from CCS, offers a route to buy artificial intelligence services in the public sector.

London boroughs secure PPE boost

London boroughs have agreed a new pan-London partnership to secure emergency supplies of PPE for crucial local services.

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Event Diary

The Security Event is set to be the first major exhibition to take place in the sector when it opens its doors on 7-9 September 2021 at the NEC in Birmingham and for the first time it will also encompass the National Cyber Security Show.

digitech21 will seek to demystify the increasingly complex technology landscape and will showcase a host of public sector best practice case studies and the very best solution providers, each of whom are helping organisations to transform and improve the way in which the public sector delivers services to the citizen.

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