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    1. July 1, 2015

      Serco’s Soames says group in ‘good order’ after scandals

      Serco pointed to £1bn in contract wins, including a deal with the Saudi Railway Company, as evidence that its business is...

    2. June 22, 2015

      Whitehall joint venture sells training schemes to Disney and Nasa

      A Whitehall joint venture with the private sector has turned a £12m profit in its first year of trading, boosting ministers’...

    1. June 9, 2015

      G4S cleared of human rights breach in Israel

      G4S was cleared of causing “adverse human rights impacts” in Israel by a UK government-funded watchdog on Wednesday but was...

    2. June 8, 2015

      MoD seeks bidders for military fire and rescue services

      The Ministry of Defence has asked some of Britain’s biggest companies to bid to run the military’s fire and rescue services,...

    3. June 5, 2015

      Private sector backs away from £687m NHS cancer deal

      Private sector companies have walked away from a £687m contract to provide cancer care for patients in Staffordshire,...

    4. May 20, 2015

      G4S-run Rainsbrook youth prison criticised by Ofsted

      The outsourcing group G4S faced fresh questions about its performance on UK government contracts on Thursday after the...

    5. May 19, 2015

      Serco close to selling its Indian business

      Serco is close to selling its Indian business processing division to private equity as Rupert Soames, chief executive, seeks...

    6. April 27, 2015

      Government moves to stop suppliers disclosing contract details

      Cabinet officials are engaged in a row with outsourcing companies over attempts to prevent them from disclosing information...

    7. April 20, 2015

      G4S becomes latest to scale back quarterly reports

      G4S, the world’s biggest security provider, has become the latest company to reduce their number of trading updates...

    8. April 12, 2015

      Northamptonshire council takes outsourcing to different level

      A Conservative-run Midlands county council is blazing a trail for providing public services in an age of austerity....

    9. April 1, 2015

      Mitie profit warning underscores difficulties for outsourcers

      Mitie, Mears and Interserve are among companies that have ploughed into the UK market for care at home in recent years,...

    10. March 30, 2015

      Catering company Compass boosted by growth in Japan and Europe

      Compass, the catering company that feeds workers at Amazon, Twitter and T-Mobile, is expected to dish up “another year of...

    11. March 24, 2015

      Outsourcer calls for independent watchdog in transparency drive

      One of the world’s biggest outsourcing companies has urged the UK government to set up an independent regulator to monitor...

    12. March 23, 2015

      UK government outsourcing raises questions over pay

      The total amount of government work outsourced to the private sector has doubled to £88bn since the coalition won power in...

    13. March 18, 2015

      Budget 2015: VAT changes level the playing field for outsourcing

      Government outsourcing is expected to increase after the coalition removed VAT charges for private sector bidders on public...

    14. March 12, 2015

      Serco shares tumble after final dividend is scrapped

      Serco slumped to a pre-tax loss of more than £1bn last year following a crisis with several large public sector contracts,...

    15. March 10, 2015

      G4S dogged by scandal provisions as it returns to profit

      G4S swung back to a profit after two years of contract scandals that included its failure to provide enough security guards...

    16. March 5, 2015

      Welfare-to-work provider A4E up for sale

      A4E, the welfare-to-work provider founded by a former adviser to David Cameron, has been put up for sale just weeks after...

    17. March 5, 2015

      Serco foots the bill for ‘win at all costs’ public sector contracts

      Serco’s contract crisis Waiting outside the advice clinic at a hostel for asylum seekers in Liverpool, Mohammad Ahmadi says...

    18. March 4, 2015

      Estelle Brachlianoff: waste management chief’s sweeping changes at Veolia UK

      Estelle Brachlianoff, head of Veolia’s water, waste and energy businesses in the UK and Ireland, gets positively animated...

    19. February 25, 2015

      Ministers aim to boost SMEs by speeding payments

      The UK government aims to protect smaller companies from long payment delays through plans to implement EU rules on public...

    20. February 24, 2015

      Wrexham jail to be run by public sector

      The UK’s first “super prison” holding more than 2,000 inmates is to be run by the public sector, dashing the hopes of...

    21. February 16, 2015

      Labour policy chief angers outsourcing groups

      Business figures have attacked Labour over a suggestion from the party’s policy chief that companies running some of the...

    22. February 15, 2015

      Let the NHS lean more on the private sector

      At a time when any of six parties might form part of the next government, British politics offers few certainties. An...

    23. February 8, 2015

      NHS hires Capita to buy in services

      The National Health Service has appointed private sector companies including Capita to help buy billions of pounds of...

    24. January 7, 2015

      The ‘virtual assistants’ who juggle kids and career

      No man — or woman — can serve two masters, says St Matthew. Not so, reckons Julia Stubblefield, whose two bosses phone, text...

    25. December 11, 2014

      Emergency call transfer to 4G raises concern in UK

      The UK is pushing ahead with an experiment to move emergency service communications on to mobile phone networks in 2016 even...

    26. December 10, 2014

      Third of NHS contracts go to private sector

      Private sector groups have won a third of the contracts to provide NHS clinical services awarded in England since the...

    27. December 10, 2014

      G4S and Serco won Whitehall work despite being ‘on probation’

      Five government departments awarded G4S and Serco fresh work during a period in which Whitehall “gave the impression” that...

    28. December 8, 2014

      Tougher US-style probation clamp called for in UK

      Criminals who break the terms of their probation while serving community orders could be sent to jail for up to a week under...

    29. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement: Osborne targets £15bn Whitehall savings

      Whitehall departments will have to find billions more in efficiency savings in the next parliament, George Osborne said on...

    30. November 30, 2014

      Falling Serco share price unsettles investors

      Unsettled investors are warning Serco’s new chief executive Rupert Soames that he will struggle to raise cash for a planned...

    31. November 19, 2014

      British outsourcing groups dominate public sector contracts

      British outsourcing companies have strengthened their grip on public sector contracts over the past decade despite...

    32. November 17, 2014

      Serco chairman takes blame for crises and resigns

      Serco’s chairman has resigned from the outsourcing group after taking responsibility for the “strategic and operational...

    33. November 12, 2014

      G4S pulls out of Guantánamo Bay navy base with sale of US division

      G4S, the world’s biggest security company, is to withdraw from the controversial Guantánamo Bay Naval Base after agreeing a...

    34. November 10, 2014

      Serco plans £550m rights issue after profit warning

      Serco admitted to a “dark hour” after identifying an expected £1.5bn in writedowns on key contracts, forcing it to issue its...

    35. November 4, 2014

      Outsourcers strive to rebuild reputations after scandals

      The gleaming new Fiona Stanley hospital in Perth, Western Australia, is a state of the art facility, with 783 beds,...

    36. October 29, 2014

      UK announces winners of privatised probation services contracts

      Two big UK outsourcing companies have won more than half the contracts to run probation services in England and Wales, the...

    37. September 10, 2014

      UK government urged to fix ‘broken’ public service markets

      Half of voters feel that no one takes responsibility when outsourced public services go wrong, according to a leading...

    38. September 5, 2014

      Former Serco boss Jeremy Stafford takes helm at John Menzies

      Jeremy Stafford, the former UK boss of outsourcing company Serco who quit last year after several contract failures, has...

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