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Changes applying to the thresholds for public procurements

09 Nov 2021
On 1 November 2021, the government laid the Public Procurement (Agreement on Government Procurement) (Thresholds) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/1221) (Regulations) before Parliament. The Regulations will come into force on 1 January 2022 and will only apply to procurements commenced after the Regulations come into force.

Rampion Offshore Wind Farm

03 Sep 2021
The south coast’s first offshore wind farm. Completed in 2018 as part of R3, Rampion Offshore Wind Farm generates enough electricity to power the equivalent of almost 350,000 UK homes.
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Heads up: the PFI boomerang is returning

09 Aug 2021
The first waves of PFI contracts are now coming to the end of their lifespan and there is question over whether authorities are ready to deal with the responsibility for these projects as they hurtle back in the public sector's direction. Without proper planning, authorities may find that they are in for a nasty surprise.

Transforming Public Procurement – WBD's response to the Green Paper. Blue sky thinking or a brewing storm?

25 Mar 2021
In anticipation of the UK's exit from the European Union, the Cabinet Office published its Public Procurement Green Paper on 15 December 2020. It serves as an aspirational mission statement for the future of public procurement post-Brexit. The document reflects the overarching political climate in which it was composed, with the ministerial foreword taking aim at the EU's "outdated public procurement regime". The new proposals align themselves with the international Agreement on Government Procurement, and seem to deliberately steer away from the previous regime as a point of principle, towards one that "better meets the UK's needs".
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Local Authorities: the high street's white knight?

05 May 2020
The role of local authorities in the COVID-19 response has been unprecedented (as has been the financial support from central government) with almost every function affected in some way. Equally local authorities have been at the forefront of help for small businesses including retailers with financial assistance. As we look ahead and prepare for the recovery phase (and ultimately transformation) their role will only strengthen. This article looks at one element where a significant difference can be made in a local authority's economic development role harnessing their powers to drive forward the growth agenda.