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Public Sector

Crown Commercial Service Annual Report – A Mixed Bag for Public Procurement Aggregator

The Crown Commercial Service published its annual report and accounts yesterday. Although he was in place when last year’s was published, this is really the […]

Department of Health Spends Millions for Contract Management Advice

The Health Service Journal (HSJ) reported recently  that Ernst and Young (EY) has won a major contract with the Department of Health to provide advisory […]

Colin Cram Asks – Should Construction Procurement In UK Local Government Be Centralised?

We haven’t always seen eye to eye with ex-civil servant procurement executive Colin Cram, particularly in terms of his views that Tesco was a good […]

Caroline Nokes Is the UK’s New Minister for Procurement

The responsibilities of the UK Cabinet Office Ministers have not yet been officially confirmed (according to gov.uk website) but we understand that Parliamentary Secretary Caroline […]

Down the Procurement Pub with ‘Spoons, Campaign4Change, Lucy Brown and the Maccabees

I was traveling this week – to family in Durham, then the CIPS branch event in Huntingdon, non-exec duties in Lincoln … I stayed in […]

NAO Report on Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Deal – Very Critical

Over on our Public Spend Forum site, we wrote last week about the National Audit Office publishing a damning report into the Department for Business, […]

Grenfell Tower – Cladding Specifications and Regulations Central to Investigations

(I wrote this before the Newsnight programme last night which raised some disturbing issues about the process for approving building products like cladding. I'm sure […]

Exclusive – Contracts Finder Analysis Suggests Most Government Tender Opportunities Aren’t There

Back in February, we wrote on the Public Spend Forum website about a new platform called Open Opps (as in “opportunities”). The firm behind it […]

The Labour Manifesto – What Does It Say About Procurement? (or Efficiency? or Value?)

We gave an overview of the Labour Party manifesto here, so today let us go though some of the ideas and promises in more detail. […]

A Public Procurement Parable – The Two Butchers (Part 3)

Part 3 (Part 1 is here; Part 2 is here) ... 18 months passed and in Farnberley, the mutterings had grown louder and louder, from […]

Knotweed and Incontinence Products Show Variety of Public Sector Procurement!

We recently published our analysis of the differences between public and private sector procurement, starting with the four fundamental differences, then getting into the arguments […]

Lord Maude Interview In Supply Management Pulls Its Punches

The new issue of Supply Management magazine features an interview with Francis Maude, now Lord Maude, who was the “Minster for Procurement” in the 2010-15 […]