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Public Sector Outsourcing: Learning Lessons from Carillion and Interserve

Several months ago I enjoyed my weekly airing of all the topical news stories with my mother over a strong cup of tea, in which […]

Down the Procurement Beer Festival with Virgin, Carillion, SolarWinds and Broken Witt Rebels

Down the Procurement Pub comes to you this week from the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, where I have spent the last 72 hours […]

The Risks Around Carillion Step-In Providers – Allan Watton Speaks

We’ve featured Allan Watton many times over the years. He and his firm, Best Practice Group, are genuinely deep experts in major outsource service contracts, […]

Does It Matter If Suppliers Don’t Make Money?

Is it the buyer’s responsibility to identify if a firm bidding to win a contract has bid “too low” – that is, at a price […]

NAO Investigation Into UK Government Handling of Carillion Collapse – First Thoughts

The National Audit Office today published  its “Investigation into the government’s handling of the collapse of Carillion”. It’s worth noting the “investigation” word – as […]

Down the Procurement Pub with Dogs, Chickens, the LSE and Courtney Marie Andrews

A quiet time socially after last week’s Jason Busch visit. But some travelling – my non-exec board in Lincoln, then up to see Mother in […]

Carillion and Supplier Financial Risk – Ongoing & Robust Monitoring Needed

As the reverberations of Carillion’s insolvency continue to resound, a whole range of procurement-related issues are still front of our minds and presumably those of […]

Down the Procurement Thai with David Brown, Huawei, Lincoln and Pale Waves

Jason Busch was briefly in town this week and here he is with David Brown of Previse. Brown was the founder of Oxygen Finance and […]

Changing Contractors Is Easier Than You Think

Sparked by the recent Carillion collapse, John Baldwin, partner at solicitors Winckworth Sherwood, discusses what happens when work is handed on to another contractor. The sudden […]

Exploding Carillion Myths – Some Nonsense We’ve Heard Recently

Over the past week or so, the Carillion failure has led to millions of words being written and spoken in the mainstream media. Much of […]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum is dedicated to public sector procurement and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for improving public procurement and the public sector […]

Could Government Commercial Organisation Have Done More To Head Off Carillion Collapse?

Carillion went into liquidation yesterday, as we reported here. It is not the usual form of liquidation though – the “official receiver” is in charge, […]