Public bodies and local authorities have a key role to play in the battle against climate change; not only in complying with legal obligations to reduce their own carbon emissions but by actively encouraging their partners, suppliers and stakeholders to do the same. Well designed and implemented procurement processes underpinned by the sustainable procurement principles and, where possible, circular procurement principles, are a powerful tool through which the public sector can influence behaviour and contribute to achieving Scotland's net zero ambition.
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Latest articles from Jill Fryer
As part of the Brexit negotiations, the UK successfully negotiated with the EU that a new subsidy scheme would be set up to replace EU State Aid rules. What will this mean in practice for businesses?
In an attempt to rescue manufacturing yards at Methil, Burntisland and Arnish, the Scottish Government granted loan facilities to Burntisland Fabrications Limited (more commonly referred to as "BiFab"), back in 2017. Following this move, a Canadian firm (DF Barnes) took over control of BiFab, with the Scottish Government retaining a minority share.
There is a growing amount of concern about government contracts awarded without competition allegedly due to the urgency of the coronavirus situation. Is this lawful?
Coastal communities throughout Scotland are set to benefit from significant funding from the Scottish Crown Estate. However, and often forgotten issue for any grant applicant to consider (and for those allocating the grants) is competition law and particularly the rules around State Aid.