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Businesses that pay the 'Living Wage' should be considered more favourably than rival companies that do not when bidding for public sector contracts in Scotland, the Scottish Government has said. 09 Oct 2015
UPDATED: Local government in England will be able to keep the money they raise through business rates to spend on local government services, under plans announced by UK chancellor George Osborne. 06 Oct 2015
Until relatively recently companies doing business in Shanghai had very little choice about where to refer disputes for arbitration.
The EU’s 2014 Public Procurement Directive softened the rules preventing companies from bidding for public contracts where they, or their directors, had been convicted of certain economic crimes.
The 2015 Public Contracts Regulations implement the EU's 2014 Public Sector Procurement Directive in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by essentially 'copying out' the articles of the EU directive
Anti-competitive agreements are prohibited by European and domestic competition law. This means any anti-competitive provisions in commercial agreements are void and unenforceable which could lead to the entire agreement being unenforceable.
Organisations are increasingly looking to work in collaboration or partnership with third parties. This may be to achieve operational aims, such as a step change in service delivery, or to reduce costs or achieve efficiencies.
FOCUS: UK government policy has increased the likelihood of government technology disputes being resolved via arbitration than through the courts but a judgment by the High Court in February could prompt more challenges to decisions taken in arbitration. 05 Oct 2015
More than a quarter of the construction and infrastructure projects included in the UK government's 'pipeline' of planned projects have disappeared since the end of last year, according to analysis by KPMG. 29 Sep 2015
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