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January 2010

Collaborative Procurement brand launched

The public sector's procurement efficiency drive has been given an extra lift with the introduction of an identification mark to signpost the public sector to collaborative frameworks, best practice advice and guidance for specific collaborative procurement initiatives.  Find out more here.

Policy through Procurement helps Government deliver wider policy objectives

The Policy through Procurement action plan aims to help the public sector deliver economic growth with the £220bn it spends on procurement, by supporting small and medium-sized enterprises; encouraging apprenticeships, training and youth employment; and reducing carbon emissions.  Find out more here.

Important changes to the standstill and remedies rules

OGC has published detailed guidance on the recent changes to the UK Regulations, which implement the new EU Remedies Directive. The guidance explains how to comply with all of the new rules, including several key procedural changes to the standstill period, tougher new penalties for serious procurement-rule breaches, and how to mitigate the risks of falling foul of the new rules.  Find out more here.

Government in a strong position to meet its carbon dioxide targets

As key performance data on Whitehall"s sustainability targets is published, projections show Government is in a robust position to meet its current target of a 12.5% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by March 2011.  Find out more here.

Latest quarterly update on procurement policy developments published

To complement regular Procurement Policy Notes (PPNs) on significant developments in procurement rules and policy, we have published the latest of our quarterly updates, to consolidate key messages and highlight other developments. We welcome your feedback and encourage you to circulate and highlight the quarterly PPN to all interested parties in your organisation.  Find out more here.

New below threshold pre-qualification questionnaire to help SMEs

A new below-OJEU threshold pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) is now available for download from OGC. The PQQ will ensure information requested as part of a tender is relevant and proportionate to the size of the procurement, and minimise unnecessary administration for both procurers and potential suppliers during the tender process.  Find out more here.

"Winning the Contract" course launched to help smaller firms

A free online public procurement course designed to help smaller firms bid for the £220 billion of public sector contracts awarded each year has been launched.  Find out more here.

How to maximise value through early market engagement

The Exchequer spends £1 in every £4 on the procurement of goods and services, and to maximise the value obtained from this Departments must engage early and effectively with suppliers to stimulate the market. There is new guidance available on how to make sure different requirements are met. Find out more here.

Government Procurement Graduate Scheme 2010 launch

The Government Procurement Graduate Scheme 2010 has been launched this month. The rigorous recruitment process ensures only the highest calibre graduates make it through to become a Government procurement professional - a great reason to consider hosting a GPS graduate in your Department.  Find out more here.

OGC and Procurex offer free, interactive training and networking opportunities

OGC has partnered with Procurex National, the two-day event for public sector buyers within all roles. It promises to be a great learning opportunity, featuring high-profile speakers and a supplier exhibition.  Find out more here.

GPS - supporting your career development

Building a career within procurement is not always straight forward. It takes time, personal commitment and organisational opportunities to make it successful. That is why GPS have been working with departments to develop a series of career management tools.  Find out more here.

Contracts database - helping you find contracts from across Government

The Contracts database is an easy-to-use-online tool helping you find existing and upcoming contracts from across central and local Government, most of which you should be able to join right away. It also offers support and guidance on procurement.  Find out more here.
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