In the second part of his two part report on the Green Report on procurement, Gary Flood looks at what Sir Philip Green thinks the government needs to do now.


As local governments across the country continue with their plans to manage tighter budgets, the efficiency adviser at Capital Ambition (London’s partnership to improve efficiencies across the capital’s local authorities) has outlined how better procurement practices will enable savings and efficiency.


The vice president of public sector EMEA at chip manufacturer AMD, has outlined three key principles he says “ensures value in computer tenders”.


UK central public sector procurement agency Buying Solutions has  awarded a two-year IT managed services framework agreement to some 12 suppliers.


Buying Solutions, the national procurement partner for the UK public sector, has announced it has awarded a place on its IT Managed Services framework agreement to Northgate Information Solutions.


Procurement and finance are two departments inextricably linked, but do they always work in harmony? ‘Not always’, was the resounding answer from procurement officers speaking at a recent public sector procurement debate. Faced with a new agenda for spending efficiency and deficit repair, the onus on public sector procurement departments is to collaborate more effectively with their finance counterparts in order to improve public spending efficiency. Here are the reasons why.

Different strokes


A new procurement framework aimed at delivering over £200 million in procurement costs for the NHS, has been announced by the government.


The Welsh Assembly Government has announced plans to overhaul the procurement process in the country, with an £11 million investment over a five year period.


 A consortium of ten NHS, Foundation, and Primary Care Trusts across County Durham and Darlington has accelerated its cost-per-patient spending strategy thanks to its core eProcurement and eAuction platform, which has now gone live.


Procurement Scotland, the body overseeing procurement in the Scottish public sector, has appointed Virgin Media Business to the national framework for fixed telephony services. The company is one of four suppliers in the framework, alongside the likes of Kcom, which was confirmed earlier in July.