February 28, 2013
National newspapers recently reported that Polish is now the second language in the UK. This fact inspired a lot of articles written from numerous viewpoints: the problem of the influx of migrants to Great Britain, pressure on public services like education and healthcare, positives and negatives posed to the job market, the changing nature of local communities and cultural tensions to name but a few. (more…)
September 17, 2012
real viagrawidth=”100″ height=”100″ />Last week a study, The Social Cost of Litigation by professor Frank Furedi and Jennie Bristow of the University of Kent, was published by the Centre for Policy Studies. And I believe its message – that a culture of litigation has resulted in significant cost to services – also applies to procurement processes.
We all know how cumbersome an OJEU process can be, and we all accept the challenges it can pose to buyer and bidder, not to mention legal challenges that appear like mushrooms after the rain. (more…)
July 20, 2012
Some procurement projects are becoming increasingly more complex and there are a number of good reasons for this. (more…)
May 18, 2012
I have recently awarded a high-value contract where the public sector establishment will have to find a way to develop a good relationship with a small private company to deliver the commissioned service successfully.
It was not easy to arrive at the solution, however budgetary constraints dictated the outcome and the private company’s offers was commercially more competitive and the small panel evaluating the tender responses was united in its outcome. (more…)
March 21, 2012
I had the pleasure to attend the second day of Procurex National in Birmingham, at which the Rt Hon Francis Maude MP set the scene for the next few years in public sector procurement. And what a scene he set. A powerful speaker with a lot of charisma, he sounded like he meant business in more than a figure-of-speech way. (more…)
February 8, 2012
Dr Hamish Meldrum, head of the British Medical Association (BMA), said in a New Statesman article in January that said he “is anxious that the principle of ‘universality’ and ‘comprehensiveness’ on which the NHS was founded, are imperilled by the fantasy of The Health and Social Care Bill and the creation of a utopian marketplace in which private providers compete with state care”. (more…)
December 21, 2011
Last week, David Cameron said the time had come for public figures to teach “right from wrong” and questioned whether the Church of England had done enough to defend those in the face of the “moral neutrality” that pervades modern life.
Procurement as a discipline also has a unique opportunity to ensure that the commerce, finance and the contractual acumen of the purchasing process addresses values and morals. (more…)