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The Procurement strategy will be based around the best value for money and it is important to ensure that there is competition within the marketplace and no collusion to fix prices. Conduct such as collusion, bid-rigging, fraud and corruption which affects the outcome of the procurement process is a malicious violation of competition law.

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Dealing with Monopolistic and Distorted Supply Markets

While all procurement procedures allow for some deviation from the ‘normal’ approach, the default assumption is often that the buyer will try to harness competitive tension. But what if...

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Dealing with Monopolistic and Distorted Supply Markets

While all procurement procedures allow for some deviation from the ‘normal’ approach, the default assumption is often that the buyer will try to harness competitive tension. But what if...

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E-learning

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) have worked together with BuiltIntelligence to create this e-learning module which will help procurement professionals root out attempts to win contracts through anti-competitive conduct.

The module, which is intended to take no more than 40 minutes to complete, will help students to gain an awareness of why bid-rigging is harmful, what kinds of activities and patterns of behaviour they should watch out for, what they can do to mitigate risks and where they can go to get help if they suspect a case.

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