Ever Changing Moods II 

So I, and my informants, were correct. It also explains the lack of fanfare regarding “procurement plans” in the post 2 down. The Chief Exec says “We have listened to recent comments made by providers and their representative bodies and, in view of the importance of securing more accessible and integrated client services in the […]

Ever Changing Moods 

Did our “first fix” with the kids for our one night of full on 4/5 piece electric performance. The stuff we are doing in not desperately difficult but I am always amazed how quickly they pick it up and we get to a good basis standard. We are closing with this and yes I do […]

Pay Closer Attention 

Thanks to Rob in the comments for pointing out where the Civil Procurement plans (only some North West examples published to date) are housed. I had anticipated a little more of a fanfare and, given my slightly fractured week, had only been looking at the front pages for news and this page is somewhat round […]


Do not ask about my journey back from the deep south yesterday unless you particularly enjoy loud, sweary rants. I am now off to do the CDS BVT webinar, some admin and tidy tomorrows session. There is no further news on CLS procurement plans either BTW (as the kids say on the interwebs and such)

Up and Away 

My current daily LSC site search is for the Civil Procurement Plans but again no luck today. This is more an irritant than anything at present, not least hindering ‘phone advice to intrigued firms. (There will be some new applicants on the basis of the enquiries I have been dealing with). Alongside this comes some […]

Bid Zone Middlesbrough 

We are back up to full complement in the Middlesbrough office again and the half hour of indecision over sandwich orders, sandwich provider and sundries has returned. Our very own, daily, Procurement Round.


I sat next to a GP in the pub last night and so am fully qualified to say that JRS has been struck by swine flu – well it looks like Andy has gone down with it at least. We have quarantined him – not even text message contact allowed. I will handle his phone […]

Downtown Lights 

Not done anything by The Blue Nile for ages – I wanted to put “Headlights on the Parade” up but that is “embed disabled” so also form Hats her you go….

Good News For a Change 

Changes, improvements in fact, to the CC Litigators Fee come into effect on August 3rd. The issue of breach hearings and certain post sentence hearings – for which some new fees will be payable is a welcome response to a live issue.

Crystal Balls 

This article on BVTs includes the following bold prediction from friend-of-this-site Andrew Keogh: “The pilots won