Reviews and Reports

Here you will find topical publications relating to procurement and commissioning.

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Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice (NAO) Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice (NAO) (7851 KB) This interactive publication draws on NAO audits of government contracts and engagement with government to provide practitioners with insights on the new, emerging higher standard for government contracting. Jan 10, 2017
Governing Culture - Risk and Opportunity Governing Culture - Risk and Opportunity (656 KB)

Published by the City Values Forum and supported by Tomorrow’s Company.

This guide offers a practical agenda and roadmap to help boards assess where their organisation stands in relation to their accountability for culture, to evaluate areas for priority action and periodically to assess progress.

Aug 09, 2016
The Future of Contract and Relationship Management The Future of Contract and Relationship Management (1596 KB)

Published by IACCM.

This document has been written following intensive global research as to future expectations for contract and relationship management (C&RM) in the current economic climate. It is packed with outcomes from research and interviews.

For readers that are already sold on the importance of C&RM and the benefits that can be accrued from doing it successfully, the publication provides a very neat summary of modern thinking backed by robust research. For those of you
Aug 08, 2016
In Good Hands.  Medical Gloves Report. In Good Hands. Medical Gloves Report. (4982 KB)

Tackling labour rights  concerns in the manufacture  of medical gloves.

The manufacture of medical gloves is a large global industry, producing in  the region of 150 billion pairs of gloves per year, with a market value of over  USD $5 billion. Most production is outsourced to factories in Malaysia and Thailand, and a handful of other Asian countries.

This report suggests that those who use, procure, supply, or manufacture medical gloves instigate policies and

Aug 08, 2016
Buying Into Communities Buying Into Communities (1110 KB) These guidelines look first at how councils, through the arrangements that they make for procurement, can open opportunities for small businesses, including social enterprises and voluntary and community organisations, and then at how opportunities for jobs and skills training and business opportunities can be generated through larger contracts. The guidelines looks at each of the key stages of the procurement process – from the business case through to contract management – outlining the opportunities and constraints presented by the EU rules. Jul 19, 2016
National Audit Office - Central Government National Audit Office - Central Government's Management of Service Contracts (748 KB) In 2007-08 central government spent over £12 billion on service contracts primarily in the areas of information and communications technology, facilities management and business process outsourcing. As well as providing routine support services, service contractors also deliver high profile, business-critical services, such as the IT system supporting the payment of social security benefits, the provision of security at court buildings, and the production and delivery of passports.  Service contractors also regularly handle large amounts of personal and security information.  This report examines how well central government organisations are managing their service contracts, assessed against their good practice framework for contract management. Jul 19, 2016
Collaborative Street Lighting Contract in the NW Collaborative Street Lighting Contract in the NW (627 KB) Streets Ahead On Lighting - The AGMA street lighting electrical connections project has not only demonstrated effective cooperation between local authorities but produced tangible savings. Jul 19, 2016
Trade Local Final Evaluation Report Trade Local Final Evaluation Report (405 KB) This report provides a combined assessment and evaluation of the Trade Local and the Haringey SME Procurement Pilot projects. It was prepared by Lifeworld Ltd over the January – April 2005 period. Jul 19, 2016
RSA Second Age of Small RSA Second Age of Small (2493 KB)

The Royal Society of Arts paper on the impact of micro-businesses on the UK economy tracking the fast growth of micro- businesses over the last 15 years, which today employ over 5 million people in the UK. Thought provoking and well researched as well as being very relevant to the future growth of social value.

Jun 11, 2015
PAC Transforming Contract Management PAC Transforming Contract Management (264 KB)

The Public Accounts Committee report on Transforming Contract Management.  Read the conclusions and recommendations published by PAD in Autumn 2014.

Jan 27, 2015
Growing Your Business by Lord Young Growing Your Business by Lord Young (2704 KB)

Growing Your Business - A report on growing micro businesses by Lord Young

"Record numbers of people are starting a business each year, as part of a burgeoning population of over 4.8 million firms in the UK
today.1 Although three quarters of these firms are sole traders there are nearly a million micro firms (with one to nine employees), many with opportunities for growth.  The purpose of this report is to highlight the abundance of opportunity and support available for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and is aimed at policy makers and all those who advise and champion small businesses."

Nov 11, 2014
No Stone Unturned - Government Response No Stone Unturned - Government Response (1736 KB)

This document sets out the Government’s response to Lord Hesteltine's No Stone Unturned review. The Government confirms that it is accepting in full or in part 81of Lord Heseltine’s 89 recommendations to dramatically advance the process of decentralisation, unleash the potential of local economies, strengthen partnerships with industry and foster economic growth. In five cases the Government has taken a different view: this document explains why.

Jul 16, 2014
Heseltine Review: No Stone Unturned Heseltine Review: No Stone Unturned (2509 KB)

No Stone Unturned:  Lord Heseltine reviews all parts of government policy affecting economic growth, with 89 recommendations challenging all of us – politicians, civil servants, business leaders and individuals – to step up and play our part in wealth creation.

Jul 16, 2014
2014 National Procurement Strategy 2014 National Procurement Strategy (1400 KB)

The LGA's National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in England sets out a vision for local government procurement and encourages all councils in England to engage with the delivery of outcomes in four key areas:

  • Making Savings,
  • Supporting Local Economies,
  • Leadership, and
  • Modernising Procurement.
Jul 04, 2014
Final Buying into Communities Final Buying into Communities (1094 KB)

Procurement accounts for more than half of all council expenditure (revenue and capital combined). Each year councils in England
spend over £56 billion buying everything from stationery to adult social care.

May 02, 2014
Select Committee Report on Local Government Procurement Select Committee Report on Local Government Procurement (485 KB)

Local government spends around £45 billion—over a quarter of its annual expenditure— on procuring goods and services from third parties. Many local authorities are working to improve their procurement operations in order to: cut council costs and reduce the burdens on those doing business with them, strengthen links with delivery of community objectives, improve risk management and reduce fraud. However, progress has been too slow as well as patchy across the country. The local government sector now needs to step up to the mark and, with assistance from central government, drive improvement.

Mar 21, 2014
Government Response to the Heseltine Review Government Response to the Heseltine Review (1704 KB)

Lord Heseltine’s compelling report, No Stone Unturned, reviews all parts of government policy affecting economic growth, with 89 recommendations challenging all of us – politicians, civil servants, business leaders and individuals – to step up and play our part in wealth creation. His report is full of important ideas.

Aug 04, 2013
Supplier Lifecycle Management Supplier Lifecycle Management (577 KB)

A white paper by Peter Smith - Supplier Lifecycle Management works from the premise that the supplier should be considered as central to procurement activities and processes, an approach which drives significant benefits.

Feb 16, 2012
Cost Reduction in Central Government Cost Reduction in Central Government (467 KB)

The Government's spending plans require most government departments to reduce their spending in real terms over the years to 2014-15. Read about the progress to date in this report.

Feb 06, 2012
Community Benefits Guidance for Suppliers Community Benefits Guidance for Suppliers (159 KB)

Helping Suppliers Deliver Maximum Value for the Welsh Pound from The Welsh Government.

Communication with suppliers large and small is essential. We cannot assume that they will automatically sign up to social value or even understand what it means in reality. This is a good attempt to start that dialogue and acts as a timely reminder to readers elsewhere that it is all about communication and cultural change management.

Jan 18, 2012
Getting More for Less Getting More for Less (263 KB)

Combining efficiency with effectiveness is a duty for Government. For the next decade the most urgent public policy question will be: how can public services achieve more for less - providing services that match people's needs, while costing less.

Sep 15, 2011
Delivering for London Delivering for London (376 KB)

The Capital Ambition Board (CAPB) asked Ken Cole from SPS to prepare this report on the future of London procurement.

Jul 05, 2011
Total Neighbourhood Total Neighbourhood (1192 KB)

The arrival of a new Coalition Government coupled with the widespread acceptance that our governance system has to change means that we have to build quickly on the Total Place thinking and lessons.

Jan 17, 2011
High Level Options for Innovation Procurement High Level Options for Innovation Procurement (1072 KB)

High level options for a public purchasing body wishing to develop a procurement strategy for innovative products or services whilst complying with the EU procurement rules. This paper was written by our associate MVT Procurement Solutions Limited.

Oct 10, 2010
Byatt Review Byatt Review (172 KB)

Delivering Better Services for Citizens - a review of local government procurement in England.

Dec 15, 2007
McClelland Review McClelland Review (530 KB)

The review of Public Sector Procurement in Scotland produced by John F. McClelland.

Nov 15, 2006
Releasing Resources to the Front Line Releasing Resources to the Front Line (373 KB)

An independent review of public sector efficiency by Sir Peter Gershon released July 2004.

Sep 15, 2004
Councils Collaborate to Assess Procurement Classifications Councils Collaborate to Assess Procurement Classifications (379 KB)

Following on from the publication of the CIPS Paper on Procurement Classifications in 2002, four major local authorities have collaborated to carry out a detailed study and assessment of the various standards available to buying organisations. This paper outlines how they reached their recommendations.

Sep 23, 2003