There is no contradiction between savings associated with the aggregation of public sector spend and SME engagement, crown representative Stephen Allott told a conference.
“At its root, innovation is the result of creating and executing a well-designed process, and consistently nurturing this over time," says Paul Morrison of Aecus.
UK government contracting problems are “widespread, long standing and rooted in the culture of the civil service” and suppliers' ethical standards are often found wanting, according to a lacerating report published by MPs.
The theme of "tight control from the centre" will continue as the government attempts to make £10 billion of additional efficiency savings outlined in the Autumn statement, says Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude.
Nine of the UK’s top cities experienced double-digit rises in room rates in the third quarter of 2014, boosted by an improving economy and the legacy of events such as this summer's Tour de France.
Small and medium-sized businesses won over half the number of total deals tendered by the Australian government and more a third of the contracts by value, official figures show.
Secretary of state Eric Pickles felt the need to intervene in Tower Hamlets’ procurement. Will Green reports on the implications for the profession.
The Prince of Wales has urged companies to ensure their sourcing of wood-based products is not contributing to deforestation.
South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, has called for a second official report into irregular expenditure by the country’s public broadcaster South Africa Broadcasting Corporation.
The Labour Party has called for the practice of firms being asked to make payments to remain on a company's supplier list to be outlawed.
The highest bribe in a single scheme over the past 14 years was $1.4 billion, and the majority of bribes were paid to secure public procurement contracts according to an OECD report.