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Crown Hosting – A Surprising Government Shared Service Story

The UK government has developed a number of shared services over the years where the model is a joint venture between a private sector provider […]

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 […]

Exclusive – Lot 1 of Crown Commercial Service Consultancy Framework Scrapped

We picked up last week that the Crown Commercial Service framework for Management Consultancy services has run into problems. An email was sent out to […]

Crown Commercial Service – New Cost-Recovery Contract

We don’t feature new contract opportunities announced by the UK government’s Crown Commercial Service (CCS) as a matter of course, but some are novel and […]

Crown Commercial Service Report and Accounts – A Second Look

A couple of weeks back, we featured the UK’s central government collaborative body, Crown Commercial Service, and their annual report and accounts. We said we […]

Crown Commercial Services – Getting Serious About Social Value

The Procurement Policy team headed by Sam Rowbury is the ultimate UK lead on policy matters, from negotiations in Brussels through to issuing guidance to […]

Professional Services Update – Legal Arguments and Consulting Frameworks

The court case between Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) and law firm Dechert is interesting. ENRC has accused Dechert of “systematic and gross overcharging” after […]

£2 Billion Consultancy Framework for UK Government Launched – Where Does Procurement Advice Sit?

One of the biggest UK public sector framework contracting processes has recently been launched by the Crown Commercial Service. The new Management Consultancy framework covers […]

NAO on Crown Commercial Service – What Went Wrong With Procurement Centralisation Initiative?

We have been threatening to come back to the UK National Audit Office report on Crown Commercial Service since just before Christmas, so here we […]

Down the Procurement Pub with CCS, Science Warehouse, the Front Covers and Hippo Campus

A quiet week really, back from hols and we’re not yet into the spring conference season, no US visitors or exciting pub trips. So let’s […]

Crown Commercial Service – Important Senior Appointments

In December, the National Audit Office produced its report on the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), the UK procurement organisation for “common spend” categories across UK […]

Public Procurement Policy – Avoid Onerous Contracting Practices

The Crown Commercial Service has issued an interesting Procurement Policy Note to finish the year. Usually these PPNs are very much related to technical procurement […]