The Cabinet Office is once again making the news with its Commercial Interchange Programme, where suppliers – large and small – can develop closer ties with government with both parties seconding staff into each other’s domain.
The idea is commercial skills and knowledge are developed, with the frequently asked questions suggesting: “The initial focus is on developing commercial capability with government procurement teams.”
The concept emerged from a strategic supplier summit held last December, and a number of high profile organisations have already volunteered to join the programme, including Accenture, Atos, BT, Deloitte, Fujitsu and Serco among others. (more…)
The Cabinet Office yesterday published the long awaited new amendment regulations to deal with the issue caused by the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) decision in the Uniplex case. These are important changes to the rules and will apply from 1 October 2011.
The Public Procurement (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2011 will apply to the Public Contract Regulations rules in England, Wales and Scotland, the Utilities Contracts Regulations and the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations. (more…)