Monthly Archives: October 2012

West Coast Franchise

Friday, October 5th, 2012

West Coast Franchise – Questions for the Minister Almost everyone is familiar with the Minister’s announcement about the West Coast Railway Franchise. It is interesting to see the commentaries emanating from all sources – being wise after the event. Readers of our briefings (see Brian Farrington Ltd news August 29th 2012) will recall that instantly […]

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Monday, September 10th, 2012

The UK is probably 8 – 12 years behind USA experience with outsourced contracts. It has been evident for some time that in-sourcing was taking place at an increasing pace, particularly with IT contracts. Unsurprisingly, the public sector has had mixed experiences with outsourced contracts for a wide variety of services. The UNISON bargaining web-site […]

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Branson’s Pickle

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Branson’s Pickle At the time of going to press it is reported that Virgin Trains have asked for a Judicial Review of the decision to award the InterCity West Coast Franchise to a competitor. The Department of Transport’s procurement actions will be scrutinised and no doubt their Invitation to Tender dated 20 January 2012 will […]

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All Change!

Friday, August 17th, 2012

ALL CHANGE! Today’s risk is not about Virgin Trains losing the West Coast Franchise. It is about the resistance buyers get when they suggest using a new supplier. How many ‘reasons’ can you think of to block such a change? Here are some we have encountered: –          Their quality won’t be any good –          They […]

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