Up to £14bn could be invested in local economies if the Government reformed public procurement rules, new research has argued today.
A new study has revealed that over 40% of top tier local government sourcing comes from SMEs, but late payment by councils is ‘frequently a major issue’.
Councils are set to save millions after the launch of a new national body which has secured lower-cost contracts for auditing services.
Liverpool CC chief executive Ged Fitzgerald will 'voluntarily step aside' after he was arrested as part of investigation into alleged financial irregularities.
Four men including Liverpool City Council chief executive Ged Fitzgerald have been arrested as part of an investigation into alleged financial irregularities in the tendering of council contracts to BT.
The amount of time it takes councils to pay suppliers has only fallen by one day since 2009, according to new research.
Campaigners have called on Scottish councils to spend more on local businesses as study reveals less than a fifth of their procurement budget goes on SMEs.
Paul Reeve explains why a recent FOI request reveals councils are still not acting on supply chain payment.
A new public database is committed to ending modern slavery by making supply chains more transparent. William Eichler finds out more.
Barry Turner warns that many councils are still unaware of the new change in the standard for manhole covers and gully grates.