Down the procurement pub – a Friday gossip

The argument about the use of the London Olympic stadium (you may remember this case which had some interesting procurement and propriety angles) seemed to have died down but the Chairman of Leyton Orient football club, Barry Hearn, has re-opened it.  West Ham were named the preferred bidder but he’s not happy.

But Hearn told BBC London: "We believe the rules of the bidding process set out by the LLDC have not been followed. We are challenging them by asking the High Court to issue a judicial review."

Orient were interested in ground-sharing with West Ham, who then decided they didn’t fancy that idea. Which does make it hard to see how Hearn thinks the idea should have been pursued?  On the other hand, he says "I went to two Queen's Counsels to be instructed on this and they both agreed that this whole operation has been a massive mistake by LLDC. Those are their words, not mine”.

And of course, lawyers are never wrong.  So watch this space!

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Good coverage of the Procurement Talent conference that I chaired this week from Supply Management here.  Is it worth taking on graduate trainees or will they just take your training and effort and desert you for someone who offers a few grand more in a couple of years time (the ungrateful wretches!)  But of course, if no-one trains people, if no-one gives graduates a chance, then we’re all doomed...  Interesting dilemma, as Nigel Heap from Hays identified. It was clear at the event that even the firms that still have graduate programmes tended to be taking on fewer people than they used to – a tough time for our young people.

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The Ghanaian government is the latest to announce stronger public procurement law to ensure transparency and accountability.

President John Dramani Mahama today gave the assurance that government would strengthen the public procurement law to provide impetus that would ensure accountability and transparency in public contracts. Under such a strong law, President Mahama said, all public projects would need to go through public tender and selection and to ensure that winners of such contracts were reputable and had the capacity to perform creditably”.

Well done, Mr President, and maybe your team would find our series on procurement fraud interesting...?

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It’s the CIPS dinner next week, Wednesday evening at the London Hilton  -  I should be there, so look forward to seeing some of our esteemed readers no doubt. I may have a pretty serious consulting-type review on the following day, which is bad planning, but if that is the case please don’t buy me drink after midnight. I really need to have a clear head in the morning. So no feeding me alcohol after midnight. However much I beg you...  And if you’re wavering, remember the Gremlins..

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