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All Change In UK Government Procurement? by Colin Cram

August 4, 2015 by


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 […]

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

February 23, 2015 by

0 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 […]

Now is the Winter of Our Discontent made Glorious Summer by – Public Procurement

January 29, 2015 by


(with sincere apologies to Will Shakespeare and Richard III) Well not quite summer and barely Spring, but the UK public procurement conference season will shortly be in full swing. With longer days, we can at least hope for a glorious summer. There are five events, four of which I have been closely involved, devising their […]

‘Towards Tesco’? by Colin Cram

September 29, 2014 by


Pride comes before a fall. The mighty Tesco supermarket is in deep trouble. Not only have its sales fallen by 4.2% in the past year, it is now accused of an accounting scandal in which profits have been overstated by an estimated £250million. Procurement is implicated. According to The Times newspaper, part of the problem […]

Government Beefs Up Commercial Capability by Colin Cram

September 10, 2014 by


The recent announcement by the Cabinet Office that the government is ‘beefing up its commercial capability’ through the recruitment of two very experienced and senior people from the private sector and expanding the role of Bill Crothers, as Government Chief Commercial Officer, to lead a ‘wider programme of commercial reform across government’, including ‘strengthening commercial […]

Getting Outsourcing Right by Colin Cram

June 17, 2014 by


Public sector outsourcing continues to receive a poor press, the latest being the lengthy delays for payment of Personal Independence Payments. However, outsourcing will not go away, as the recent announcement of a back-office services framework agreement to be let by the Crown Commercial Service for public sector organisations, illustrates. Ministers and […]

A Westminster Diary or An SME in King Arthur’s Court (Follow-Up) by Alun Rafique

April 23, 2014 by


On the 25th of November, 2013, we had our calling to go to Westminster and change the face of local government procurement. Well, that was how we saw it although in reality there were over 10 sessions, 60 pieces of written evidence [see an overview of ours here] and more than a few Members of […]

Public Sector Procurement: Two Game-Changers within a Month by Colin Cram

March 26, 2014 by


Two public procurement game-changers in one month! Firstly, on 5 February the Cabinet Office announced the new structure for the Crown Commercial Service with Sally Collier as its new chief executive and Bill Crothers taking on the role of Chair[1]. The second game-changer is that the new EU Procurement Directive [2] was ratified by the […]

News Release: New Crown Commercial Service leadership team revealed

February 5, 2014 by


Cabinet Office unveils the leadership team that will help the Crown Commercial Service save the taxpayer money The senior leadership team is now in place that will help the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) drive forward the Government’s radical reforms to deliver the most efficient commercial services and get the best value for taxpayers’ money. Government […]

UK Public Procurement Properly Recognised At Last (Part 1) by Colin Cram

January 6, 2014 by


The award of a CB (Companion of the Order of the Bath) to Bill Crothers, UK Government Chief Procurement Officer, in the New Years Honours List highlights how appreciation of the significance of public procurement has changed over the past 35 years. 33 years ago I seemed to be a lone voice advocating transformation. At […]