Monthly Archives: February 2012

On the standstill period

At the end of a procurement process, when we think we know who has won a contract, we’re required to observe a ten-day ‘standstill’ period. During this time, the bidders are informed of our provisional decision, can ask for more … Continue reading

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A serene spot

Having had a really busy week what with one thing and another, I’d left myself a bit of an uphill task to complete Board papers by last Friday, for issue to the Board for its meeting this week.  I like … Continue reading

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On spend analysis

This week English National Procurement (ENP), the umbrella organisation for collaborative procurement in English higher education, is to register its interest with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for funding under its Innovation and Transformation Fund.  ENP is … Continue reading

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The case for London business

Last week my good friend and colleague Terry Brewer, who is in charge of procurement at Camden Council (our borough here in Bloomsbury) invited me along to an assembly of the great and the good from public sector procurement across … Continue reading

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Ready, Steady, Go!

Our special Members’ working group has released its advice to procurement professionals in the capital Preparing your Supply Chain for London 2012. The group met at the University of East London last week to sign off its advice document, which … Continue reading

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A remarkable discovery

You’ll know from a previous post that I’m into Charles Dickens at the moment.  And it can’t have escaped your attention that it was the bicentenary of Dickens’s birth this week.  It certainly hasn’t got past the Gower Street branch … Continue reading

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On the use of framework agreements

Following last week’s training event (Introduction to EU Procurement Regulations, 2nd February) some Members felt they were unclear as to the rules regarding the selection of suppliers under framework agreements.  I’ve since followed this up with our trainer, Fred Harvey, … Continue reading

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