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All Change In UK Government Procurement? by Colin Cram

August 4, 2015

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Bill Crothers, the UK government’s Chief Commercial Officer is moving on. This will be welcome news to some suppliers. Bill was the first chief executive of the Crown Commercial Service, the creation of which I recommended to the UK Parliament’s Public Administration Select Committee in January 2013. He later passed the baton to Sally Collier […]

Investigating Fraud Part 2 by Gary Sommerford

June 25, 2015

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Editor’s Note: Today’s post is Gary Sommerford’s follow-up to his April 2015 post on the problem of fraud. Fraud costs businesses billions per year and as a threat must rank as one of the key risks to be managed.  If fraud is not tackled effectively, financial losses will occur, reputations will be damaged and stakeholder […]

How Much Could The Next Government Save Through Efficiencies By 2019/20? by Colin Cram

May 5, 2015

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Main national political parties have included savings through efficiencies in their manifestos to help balance the books. The Liberal Democrats and Conservatives have proposed departmental savings of £12billion and £13billion respectively, but do not state what proportion will come from efficiencies. Labour has done some zero based budget reviews, but has been timid about the […]

Reflections Of A Newly Departed CPO by Alastair Merrill

April 29, 2015

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How do you sum up five years and seven months?  It was July 2009 that I took up the post of the Scottish Government’s Procurement and Commercial Director.  And in February 2015, after fourteen years almost to the day as a civil servant in Scotland, I left Her Majesty’s employment to take up a post […]

Investigating Fraud by Gary Sommerford

April 15, 2015

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Many businesses are the victims of fraud and a significant percentage will be procurement fraud. One can either deal with the matter discretely, which could result in the person who committed the fraud leaving the organisation, or one may consider that an investigation is required. This may be forced on the organisation if the person […]

NIGP, Periscope by Colin Cram

April 11, 2015

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Organisations such as NIGP frequently struggle to exist on membership subscriptions alone. They therefore have to find other sources of income. My interpretation of the issues identified by Jon Hansen is that the need for income may have led the NIGP into what appear to be some shady and unwise deals. In particular, if selling […]

Can Sub-Saharan Africa Be The Next Global Economic Powerhouse? by Colin Cram

March 16, 2015

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Fraud and corruption are badly damaging the economies of many African countries. A recent report by the African Union http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/feb/02/africa-tax-avoidance-money-laundering-illicit-financial-flows ,  publicised by Thabo Mbeki, http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/feb/02/africa-tax-avoidance-money-laundering-illicit-financial-flows, alleged that illicit financial outflows were costing $50 billion every year as governments and multinational companies engage in fraudulent schemes aimed at avoiding tax payments to some of the […]

Better the devil you know – or plain inertia? by Colin Cram

March 9, 2015

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One of the episodes of Fawlty Towers had a scene where a guest complains about the restaurant service. Basil Fawlty’s response is that the customer should think himself lucky. Basil Fawlty has a much worse problem because he has to deal with the staff. I was reminded of this when dealing with NPower recently, one […]

Can Small to Medium Sized Businesses (SMEs) and Public Sector Buyers Work Together to Promote UK Economic Growth? by David Shields

March 5, 2015

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Even in the context of recession and budget cuts, in 2013 /14 UK Government total spending accounted for 43.8% of UK GDP (Source: HM Treasury PESA Table 4.1) with procurement expenditure being approximately a third of the total expenditure at £230bn.  According to figures from Department of Business Innovation and Skills, 99.9% of the estimated […]

New UK Public Contracts Regulations 2015 Support Radical Change in the Management of Public Procurement by Colin Cram

February 23, 2015

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https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/402221/PPN_02-15_-_PCR_2015.pdf The UK Public Contracts Regulations 2015 will become law on 26 February. This will facilitate the reform of the management of the £200billion annual procurement expenditure by the public sector that is happening increasingly quickly. The Regulations enact into UK the revised EU Procurement Directive that was introduced in 2014 and which the UK […]