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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Wales’ top public spending watchdog has raised concerns about a body that was set up to save Welsh public bodies money – but which has been running at a loss – reports Wales Online. A report has been issued on how Welsh public bodies, which spend £6 billion a year, are not ...
Earlier this month the European Commission launched a call for an Innovation Procurement Broker  to develop and implement a sustainable method to facilitate public procurement of innovation (PPI), with a special focus on environmental sustainability and energy efficiency within ...
DEFRA – the UK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs – has launched The Food Marketplace, a platform for buyers and suppliers of food to source and advertise products and services. The aim is to connect producers, suppliers and caterers with public sector buyers. ...
Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau, under the procedural leadership of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, has detained a deputy defence minister and the director of the department of state procurement and supply of material resources of the ministry of ...
This is a complex story and the full ‘trail’ can be found on the NAO website . To outline: The UK National Audit Office has issued a report around the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s handling of a decommissioning contract. The NDA ran a competitive procurement exercise for ...
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We featured the procurement problems at the nuclear de-commissioning authority last year in some depth. A mis-handled procurement process led to unsuccessful bidders taking the Authority to court and winning their challenge, which has cost the British taxpayer some £100 million. ...
It makes a nice change to actually report on a public sector ‘good news’ story. This one in particular is a successful procurement transformation story in the UK Blue Light, or emergency services, sector. It was undertaken by Mike Fairbotham, Associate Director of Procurement ...
At the end of last year, the UK’s National Audit Office issued a very useful document titled “ Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice ”. We did provide an initial overview of it here , and now we are into a more detailed review of its content ...
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It makes a nice change to actually report on a public sector ‘good news’ story. This one in particular is a successful procurement transformation story in the UK Blue Light, or emergency services, sector. ...
At the end of last year, the UK’s National Audit Office issued a very useful document titled “ Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice ”. We did provide an initial overview ...
Category Management can be the right approach for any procurement organisation - regardless of sector. So the findings in this infographic, part of a fuller, more indepth report, will be of value to ...
  • To bid or not to bid

    ​On October 18, 2017 PSF hosted an enormously successful IT Symposium.  Over 500 participants from more than 140 different organizations (I think).  Lots of great discussion.  What I want to comment on is TENDERING.  More specifically, do more bidding events with more bidders ...

  • Here's a version of the proposed FAR rule from 2004 in a google document. I copied it over to make it more readable, but also to enable comments and annotations. I plan to spend some time later today and into next week reading through this proposed rule and making comments and ...

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Public Spend Forum Europe

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Procurement Professional and Company Director,
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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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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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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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