During 2017, Cornwall Council combined the strategic objectives of improving their overall quality of professional services procurement whilst developing the Cornish economy.

The Council was also looking for a way to produce clear specifications, track spending and manage controls for professional services, whilst engaging more local suppliers and improving the speed of going to market. The end results helped them to deliver many benefits including:

  • 80 projects manged worth £2.7M 
  • 11.8% savings delivered against budget
  • Streamlined efficient procurement of local suppliers

Click here to access and download the full Corrnwall Council case study and find out more. 

SME Supplier Locator update...

UK Government and public sector spend with SME’s is continually on the increase and by 2020, it is the stated intent of Cabinet Office that £1 of every £3 spent on government contracts goes to SME’s. The past 5 years have seen government make a priority of getting money through its supply chain into the hands of SMEs, by both setting targets and introducing new procurement mechanisms.

Against this backdrop, the WiredGov Supplier Locator service has been developed specifically to embrace the SME Agenda and provide the ideal platform for SME’s to promote their services, solutions, accreditation and success stories directly to our ever increasing audience across all government and public sector verticals and Tier 1 suppliers.

This week’s new arrivals to the SME Supplier Locator service include:

Opera PR & Communications

Click here to find out more. 

A charitable dilemma!

Advice to charities that have received donations from The Presidents Club Charitable Trust.

Charity Commission:  Returning money to charities

 More contributions to the Brexit process

Still a ‘hot topic’, with widely spread views, for those who put fingers to keyboard in order to ‘share their views’:

Researched Links:

Brexit microsite (Information about the Article 50 process and our negotiations for a new partnership with the EU)

MHCLG:  Post-Brexit economy will help Merseyside trade with the world

DExEU:  David Davis’ Teesport Speech: Implementation Period – A bridge to the future partnership between the UK & EU

Defra:  Bridging payments for Basic Payment Scheme 2017 confirmed by Farming Minister

NAO:  Implementing the UK’s Exit from the European Union: The Department for International Trade

ScotGov:  Call for strengthened Brexit dialogue

Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland:  Scotland's biggest trading partner continues to be rest of UK

WAG:  Finance Secretary discusses regional investment in South Wales after Brexit

PC&PE:  Potential impact of Brexit report published

PC&PE:  Committee disappointed by Government response to Brexit: UK-EU movement of people report

PC&PE:  Unknown costs of Brexit limit ability to react to economic shocks

techUK:  Apparent Breakthrough in Commission Talks to Include Data Flows in Trade Deals

EMA surveys pharma companies on their preparedness for Brexit

Defence procurement:  EC opens infringement procedures against 5 Member States

IFG:  Whitehall Monitor 2018: Turnover of ministers impedes government

Open Europe:  Is Europe no longer a second-order issue in national elections?


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