Public Spend Forum | Europe

Brexit Negotiations – The Danger Of “Goodwill” Concessions

Keir Starmer has said that EU citizens will retain the right to stay in the UK post Brexit, and that he would concede that in the negotiation with the EU representatives.

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NS Tech publishes a weekly roundup of the top 10 (biggest) UK public sector IT tenders and awards. This week it announces that the top 10 tenders amount to more than £88m with the biggest being Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company’s £60m contract. It is looking for a strategic ...
The UK House of Lords appointed a Select Committee last year to examine Artificial Intelligence and its potential impact, both positive and negative, on UK society, economy, regulations and ethics. The report has now been published and it urges the UK government to take more ...
A province of Toronto Canada has announced it is eliminating the fees businesses have to pay to access procurement contracts. Although not a European story, we wonder whether it’s an initiative that may encourage other provinces, indeed other regions, that do charge, to do the ...
The Scottish Business News Network reports this week that Aberdeen-based Procurement firm, Millstream, has been awarded a place on the Scottish Government’s and local authorities’ Supplier Development Programme (SDP) framework: an initiative that assists more Scottish SMEs ...
Albanian construction firm Alko-Impex has been disqualified from taking part in public procurement procedures for a period of between one and three years. The Public Procurement Agency made the decision following a fact check when the firm bid for a “cleaning and tree-planting” ...
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Last year, we introduced here on Public Spend Forum the Open Opps (as in “opportunities”) platform that is monitoring public sector contract opportunities in the UK and more widely. A recent initiative has seen the site now offering a spend analysis tool which enables users ...
The Kerslake Report published last week into the events around the Manchester Arena terrorist suicide bombing last year in the north-west of England (at an Arianna Grande concert) makes very sad but fascinating reading. Bob (Lord) Kerslake, the author, was a top and successful ...
The UK Institute for Government yesterday (March 28) launched what is being called ‘the most radical modernisation of public services in Britain since the birth of the Welfare State.’ The document, “Manifesto for Better Public Services,” is a collaboration between leading entrepreneurs ...
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The UK House of Lords appointed a Select Committee last year to examine Artificial Intelligence and its potential impact, both positive and negative, on UK society, economy, regulations and ethics. The ...
In the UK, the House of Lords, Science and Technology Committee, is running an inquiry into off-site manufacturing for the construction industry. This involves the construction of components before they ...
The UK Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has welcomed the move by the Cabinet Office to strengthen a Prompt Payment Code for SMEs. Since the collapse of Carillion, which left some small businesses going ...
  • ​Wisconsin DOA State Bureau of Procurement has a very cool IT Procurement "Best Practice Playbook" that gets into negotiating IT contracts.  Contact sara.redford@wisconsin.gov.  I am looking for an IT negotiation checklist with clauses, what they mean and ideal position.  Can't ...

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Featured Members

Peter Smith

Managing Director, ,
Public Spend Forum Europe

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Nancy Clinton

Publishing Director,
Public Spend Forum Europe

Andy Davies

Procurement Professional and Company Director,
London Universities Purchasing Consortium

Penny Green 

Head of Procurement,
London South Bank University

Highlights from Our Network

Public And Private Sector Procurement – What Are The Real Differences?

We explain the differences between public procurement / government contracting and the procurement in the private sector.

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Public Sector Procurement Fraud – the Four Common Types

We explain the main types of public procurement fraud: reducing competition, biased supplier selection, corrupt contract negotiation, and over payment.

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Collaborative Procurement In The Public Sector – Five Benefits And Five Negatives

We explain the five benefits and negatives of the trend toward collaborative procurement and purchasing in the public sector.

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Public Sector Or Public Procurement Job Interview? Here Are 4 Tips

We offer four tips for people interviewing for a job in public procurement, the public sector, and government more generally.

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Featured Insights

Negotiation In Public Sector Procurement — Why Does It Matter?

Negotiation is a key part of public sector procurement and the skills that government contracting staff need for effective results.

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Evaluation In Procurement – Why The Moderation Process Is Important

We offer five important tips on how to moderating the scores of bid evaluators in public procurement and execute the moderation process.

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Five Alternative Approaches To Lots And Lotting For Contracts

We provide five approaches to lots for contracts in public procurement: spend sub-category, sub-process, geography, time, and user choice – frameworks.

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