Procurement bill drops 350 EU laws, aims to boost SME spend

The reforms are expected to increase government spending with SMEs, which increased for the fourth consecutive year to a record £19.3 billion in 2020/21.

Government launches new public bodies review programme

The Cabinet Office has published guidance which will inform departments how to review their public bodies over the next five years.

Liverpool City Region launches new social value framework

Giving back to the community is to be embedded in all Liverpool City Region activities – including the awarding of contracts and funds.

Public sector should strive to be more ethical

Localis has argued that the public sector should strive to be more ethical and place-sensitive when buying goods and services worth up to £300 billion each year.

Government publishes a ‘Selling To Government Guide’

The government has published a ‘Selling To Government Guide’ which will give SMEs essential information on how to bid for and win government contracts.

Public sector should ‘do more’ to remove tendering barriers

Over 90 per cent of British SMEs think the public sector should do more to remove the tendering barriers they face when bidding for public sector contracts.

Guidance for council to help businesses boost trade

The LGA has published guidance to help councils support their local businesses to take advantage of new export opportunities.

Response to pandemic has ‘exposed the taxpayer’

MPs have said that the government’s response to the pandemic has exposed the taxpayer to ‘significant financial risks for decades to come’.

Bid to double number of hydrogen buses coming to Liverpool

Liverpool City Region’s planned hydrogen bus fleet could double in size – before the first vehicle even hits the road.

Firms must commit to net zero to win government contracts

New measures will require businesses to commit to net zero by 2050 and publish carbon reduction plans before they can bid for major government contracts.

Government spending with SMEs continues to rise

Latest procurement figures show that across government £15.5 billion was paid to small and medium sized businesses to help deliver vital public services.

G-Cloud 12 framework extended for 12 months

The Crown Commercial Service has decided to extend G-Cloud 12 framework agreement for 12 months.

Social care left exposed by lack of PPE, say MPs

DHSC's decision to prioritise hospitals at the beginning of the pandemic meant social care providers were left exposed by lack of PPE.

Government urged to clean up its coronavirus procurement

Labour says that almost £2 billion of coronavirus spending has been spent on ‘crony’ contracts going to Conservative friends and donors.

New plans set out to transform procurement

The Cabinet Office has launched new plans to overhaul procurement rules, making it easier for smaller businesses to win government contracts.

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Event Diary

UKREiiF has quickly become a must-attend in the industry calendar for Government departments and local authorities.

The multi-award-winning UK Construction Week (UKCW), is the UK’s biggest trade event for the built environment that connects the whole supply chain to be the catalyst for growth and positive change in the industry.

The organisers of the world’s largest dedicated hydrogen event, World Hydrogen 2024 Summit & Exhibition have announced it’s return to Rotterdam in May 2024, with an expansion of a whole extra summit day. Sustainable Energy Council (SEC) are partnering with the Government of the Netherlands, the Province of Zuid-Holland, the City of Rotterdam, and the Port of Rotterdam to host an extended, larger scale Summit in 2024, to expand the event to meet the surging demand.