March 2012 Archives - Thornton and Lowe

Bribery and public sector contracts in Scotland

posted: March 30th, 2012

From May 2012, companies linked to bribery offenders will be barred from tendering for public sector contracts.

Highways control to private companies?

posted: March 29th, 2012

An article in The Washington Post reports on David Cameron’s outline proposals for putting highways in the control of private companies in order to attract investment and help public finances.

PQQ success for recruitment client!

posted: March 28th, 2012

Great news for our recruitment client!  We have successfully supported them through the PQQ (pre-qualification questionnaire) stage for a contract with the General Medical Council.

Now we are gearing up for the ITT (invitation to tender)!

Success for Recruitment client with Football tender!

posted: March 27th, 2012

Great news for our recruitment client!  We have supported them with their tendering and they have successfully made it through to the interview stage on a tender for agency staff for a national football club.

Cultural Change Needed for SME Procurement

posted: March 8th, 2012

Clive Davenport highlights the need for a change in culture and perceptions of the role of small businesses in delivering high quality and value for money goods and services to the public sector in a Guardian Professional article.   Changes so far have focused on simplifying and making the procurement processes more transparent to enable them to compete but is that enough for the 25% target for public sector contracts to be awarded to small and medium enterprises set by the government to succeed?

New Bill for Social Value – Good News for Social Enterprises

posted: March 7th, 2012

The Public Services (Social Value) Bill passed through the final stages at the House of Lords causing celebrations for social enterprises and charities. It is hoped that the Bill will enable charities and social enterprises to compete more fairly for public sector contracts. An interesting article explores this in more detail.

Public Sector paying over the odds for Telecoms?

posted: March 6th, 2012

In the current climate, with public sector budgets tightening it is all the more important for them to procure ‘value for money’.  It therefore may come as a surprise that Kenny Robertson, IT Director for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Delivery Director for Public Services Network (PSN) has said – at the London BT conference on the PSN – that as a whole public procurement of telecoms was ‘not good business’.  More details are given in an article on

Police Contracts for Security Firms

posted: March 5th, 2012

West Midlands and Surrey Police are inviting bids for contracts from private security firms on behalf of all forces.  A BBC article gives more details.