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National police procurement hub goes live

The National Police Procurement Hub goes live today with coppers in Lincolnshire the first to implement the "Amazon" styled e-commerce platform. The portal set up by ProcServe with the backing of the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), allows fuzz to buy IT, body armour and vehicles from 500 suppliers – though it was …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2011
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Home Office to review future of Sprint ii framework

The Home Office will review the controversial Sprint ii procurement framework once the newly created police ICT company is up and running next spring, giving hope to many suppliers that blue light business will be back in their future. The government mandated police purchasing heads in England and Wales to buy low-end IT kit …
Paul Kunert, 7 Jul 2011
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Police body defends controversial procurement deal

The National Policing Improvement Agency has defended its decision to force the Met in England and Wales to procure IT kit exclusively from the Sprint ii framework, citing cost savings in the two months since it was implemented. This will scupper any lingering hopes resellers had that the NPIA would backtrack on its …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jun 2011
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Side-lined suppliers beat on Police procurement deal

The Home Office's ruling that police buy commodity hardware and software from a single supplier framework instead of a multi-reseller agreement continues to attract biting criticism from side-lined suppliers. Following the imposition of benchmarks to determine best value for money, forces in England and Wales were mandated in …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2011
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UK gov to create central procurement team

The Cabinet Office is to create a central team for the procurement of widely used goods and services for the whole of government. Named Government Procurement, it will set up contracts that use a single price for a specific good or service, and is aimed at removing disparities in price between departments. It will be led by …
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IT suppliers fear new GP consortia will 'create difficulties'

Suppliers of IT systems to England's NHS may face difficulties in the market if the planned reorganisation causes big differences in requirements, according to the manager responsible for health at one of the largest vendors of government IT. Graham Lay, vice president for government, healthcare and transport at HP Enterprise …
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Government agrees terms with cloud supplier

A cloud computing service provider has claimed an agreement with a central government working group to make it the first supplier in the field to deal with government as a single customer. Huddle said it has developed common terms and conditions and a pricing model for all of its business with government in agreement with a …
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UK.gov brings Whitehall procurement under one roof

The government has created a new Chief Procurement Officer role in an effort to drive down costs by bringing the buying of goods and services under one roof in Whitehall. John Collington will head up UK.gov's efforts to centralise procurement spending and oversee the Buying Solutions agency. He previously worked in a very …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2011
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Buying Solutions launches office supply framework

Buying Solutions has tendered for the first of its nine frameworks designed to provide a centralised procurement model. A tender document from the government's chief procurement agency says that the framework, worth between £240m and £400m over four years, is aimed at transforming how it buys common goods and services. It …
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Government seeks chief procurement officer

The Cabinet Office has confirmed that it will fold the job of running Buying Solutions into its new post of chief procurement officer. The chief procurement officer role will combine the posts of chief executive of the government's procurement agency, Buying Solutions, and head of procurement in the Cabinet Office's Efficiency …
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Boss leaves Buying Solutions, writing on the wall?

Alison Littley, chief executive of Buying Solutions, is leaving the quango which was meant to sort out central government IT procurement and other services. A spokesman for the Cabinet Office said: "We can confirm that Alison Littley has announced her decision to move on from Buying Solutions, following five years as its Chief …
John Oates, 4 Feb 2011
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Council saves quarter mil' from mobile bill

Derby City Council reckons it saved £250,000 by putting its mobile phone bill up for auction, and now everyone else can get financial help to do the same thing. Derby's saving came at the end of a 52-minute auction, conducted electronically, with the eventual winner offering a price around 60 per cent of what the council had …
Bill Ray, 2 Feb 2010
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Buying Solutions plans £600m managed services deal

The Treasury's purchasing agency is looking for up to 10 suppliers for a pan-government managed IT services framework. Buying Solutions said the two-year procurement agreement will provide public sector and associated organisations with end to end IT managed services. This will include the management of servers, desktops, …
Kable, 15 Jun 2009
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UK gov squeezes 'best pricing' pledge from MS

Buying Solutions, the procurement arm of the UK government, yesterday proclaimed a new, better licensing deal with Microsoft. By securing best pricing terms for public sector bodies whatever their size (our italics), The Government could save us £75m over five years. For the first time, Microsoft licenses are fully …
Drew Cullen, 8 May 2009

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