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The CPV establishes a single classification system for public procurement providers and suppliers, it's concept is to create a common standard with references used by both the contracting authorities - (those who provide the contracts) and contract suppliers - to describe the subject of a procurement contract.

The Common Procurement Vocabulary or (CPV) consists of a main vocabulary for defining the subject of a contract, and a supplementary vocabulary for adding further qualitative information. The main vocabulary is based on a tree structure comprising codes of up to 9 digits (an 8 digit code plus a check digit) associated with the wording that describes the type of supplies, works or services forming the subject of the contract.

    Government spending is keeping many contractors...
  • Those outside the cosy world of long-term arrangements are suffering a tendering free-for-all... South East Public Sector Contracts...


  • Competitive Dialogue - Linex Legal - London,UK
  • Introduced in the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 following European directive in 2004, competitive dialogue is a form of tendering that asks bidders to ... Linex Legal - Subscription


  • As a team we have to focus on wining particular opportunities right from pre-qual stage.
  • With little work available outside of frameworks, contractors across Yorkshire and Humberside are resorting to cutthroat tendering to maintain turnover. Companies outside of public sector frameworks are involved in a frantic scramble for turnover as a growing number of firms chase a dwindling pool of contracts. Source: Contract Journal - Grant Prior


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  • The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has just closed its consultation on the detailed amendments to the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 ... the EU's (Directive 2007/66/EC). Source: Graeme Young - Senior Associate, EU & Competition, Dundas & Wilson, LLP
    Small businesses still having trouble securing public sector...
  • the Glover Report recognises are often complicated, costly and time- consuming tender processes. ... Why small companies have trouble securing public sector contracts. Small companies need to spend time on training and development.... Bytestart Public Sector Comment


  • Peterborough FSB Branch Chairman - Colin Parnell
  • The UK's smallest businesses make up the majority of the workforce and must be given their own sector skills council to focus on the needs of micro-firms, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). These firms need training that is appropriate and flexible.
    'Skills Plea for Small Firms' by: John Kralevich - 05 June 2009


  • Public Contracts Tendering: - Website probe plea is rejected
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Why small companies have trouble securing public sector contracts
  • A recent Parliamentary report shows that small businesses are still finding difficult to bid for public sector contracts, despite Government policies and attempts to intervene.... Research Based Comment
    • Public sector holds the key
    • The report advises, however, that the public sector is still prone to ... that the tendering process for governmental contracts can be overly complex. ... UK - SME Tendering Report


    • Tendering for Contracts Training Course - Online
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      Small contractors slash tender prices - CN plus - London,UK
    • The consultancy predicts average UK tender price deflation of at least 7 per cent in 2009, with a further 3 per cent across the country next year. ... Construction News
    Benefits of e-procurement recognised
  • Public sector procurement in Scotland is worth around £8 billion a year. eProcurement Scotland is a fully managed service for the public sector to buy goods and services online. The Government's free advertising portal Public Contracts Scotland is a single source to give suppliers essential information on public sector business opportunities. The Scottish Government News
  • Six ways to improve sustainable procurement
  • The UK's government watchdog, the National Audit Office, published an indepth report into the quality and scope of sustainable governmental procurement this week. It makes for fascinating reading and has ... sustainable-sourcing.com » News - Sustainable Procurement


  • Ripped OFT – bid-rigging in social housebuilding-what next the ...
  • The Office of Fair Trading's bid-rigging inquiry could unearth unprecedented claims by the public sector against guilty contractors. On the eve of the first wave of its findings next month, Ross Macmillan explains why the fall out from Black Wednesday is just beginning.... by: By mole45