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02 Aug 2013

The Cabinet Office has "ambitious plans" to quickly introduce EU procurement reforms.

Last month, talks were held between the coalition and European authorities with a package of three new directives covering the public sector,...

Categories: Central Government, Healthcare, Local Government, Public Sector


17 Jul 2013

Public sector procurement is more expensive in the UK than in any other EU nation, a new study has revealed. 

A report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, which was commissioned by e-procurement provider Gatewit,...

Categories: Central Government, Local Government, Public Sector


08 Jul 2013

The government saved £447 million in construction procurement during the last financial year.

This figure was revealed in a speech by Cabinet Office minister Chloe Smith and forms part of the coalition's plan to drive down costs...

Categories: Central Government, Local Government, Public Sector


05 Jun 2013

Central government needs to better understand the value of procurement. 

This is according to the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Supply (CIPD) David Noble. 

He claimed the CIPD was disappointed to hear...

Categories: Central Government, Procurement & Supply Chain


13 May 2013

The government has confirmed that public sector IT buyers will be required to consider cloud solutions before all other options.

In a statement from the Cabinet Office, it was revealed that the 'cloud first' approach will become...

Categories: Central Government, Procurement & Supply Chain


03 May 2013

Six senior figures from the private sector have been appointed to strengthen the government's negotiations with major suppliers.

Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude announced that the new crown representatives will work...

Categories: Central Government


19 Apr 2013

The Cabinet Office's Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) has been urged to make sure it delivers long-term savings for central government.

In a new report, the National Audit Office (NAO) verified the £5.5 billion in savings...

Categories: Central Government


28 Mar 2013

Senior procurement officials have called for government buying to be fully centralised and details of supplier contracts to be opened up.

Speaking at this week's Public Administration Select Committee hearing, chief procurement...

Categories: Central Government, Procurement & Supply Chain


20 Mar 2013

Lord Heseltine's suggestion that Whitehall departments should appoint their own chief procurement officer (CPO) has received the backing of the government.

In its official response to the veteran Conservative politician's 2012...

Categories: Central Government


28 Feb 2013

Successfully completing major change management projects relies on strong leadership from the top getting the workforce onside with what is occurring, according to a logistics expert.

Speaking at the Defence Logistics 2013 event...

Categories: Central Government