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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Three European federations, EIC (European International Contractors), FIEC (the European Construction Industry Federation) and EuDA (the European Dredging Association) have called upon Members of the International Trade (INTA) Committee of the European Parliament to reject proposed ...
As part of a €1bn ($1.16bn) development programme at Helsinki Airport, Finnish airport operator Finavia has opened a tender process for 13 retail and food & beverage concessions at Finland’s largest international airport. This is the biggest-ever for Helsinki Airport for ...
UK’s Crown Commercial Service is looking for a team to build a digital service for public sector users to find and transact with apprenticeship training providers. They will also integrate with a dynamic purchasing system as part of the CCS Supplier Registration Service. A new ...
A report “Approximation to the geography of wasteful spending in Spain: assessment of the last two decades,” is a joint project of the universities of Barcelona, Girona, Valencia, Cantabria, Tenerife, Seville, Málaga, Alicante and Madrid’s Complutense University. It finds that ...
A Scottish Member of Parliament has said that firms building major public infrastructure projects should be covered by freedom of information laws. He believes citizens should have more access to understanding how Scotland’s £11 billion of tax payer money on public procurement ...
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This week sees the final interviews and selection for the Chief Executive role at Crown Commercial Service (CCS), the UK central government collaborative buying operation. We suspect the candidates will include some – maybe even all – who are primarily private sector in terms ...
The UK Government’s Science and Technology Committee has released a report as the GDPR becomes effective, and in the wake of the recent controversy around Cambridge Analytica. The report acknowledges the huge opportunities that algorithms can bring to public sector decision making ...
This week three Government ministers begin a two-day trade and investment mission to Dublin, Limerick and Sligo. They are the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, the Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, ...
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The UK Government’s central buying organisation, Crown Commercial Services (CCS), has launched a new suite of travel and venue solutions for the public sector. Public Sector Travel and Venue Solutions ...
A new Data Ethics Framework has been launched in the UK to make sure the Government sets the highest global standards for how public servants should use data appropriately. The scheme is the only effort ...
The Garda (An Garda Síochána – the Republic of Ireland’s police force) is training more of its own ICT staff instead of outsourcing to contractors. It is a move following an internal audit of procurement ...
  • I'm a bit late to this discussion, and I clearly missed any answers you've gathered to your original query: should buyers seek equipment versus service performance outcomes? But even if the drones discussion has withered, I think the question has general value for anyone planning ...

  • School construction projects continue year-round! It's a struggle to keep track of spending in giant 3 ring binders & a compliance roundup can take dozens of man hours. We did something to help - Watch This Video !  ------------------------------ Cynthia Page Account Executive ...

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Peter Smith

Managing Director, ,
Public Spend Forum Europe

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

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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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Negotiation In Public Sector Procurement — Why Does It Matter?

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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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