Public and Private Sector Procurement – What’s the Difference?

22 Feb 2017
Everything You Need to Successfully Navigate the Procurement Industry No matter what your sector or industry, procurement is procurement, right? Well, not quite. There are definitely some aspects of procurement that remain the same whether you’re involved in public procurement or private...

Procura+ Awards – A Look at the Innovative Procurement Finalists

1 Dec 2016
As we have said before, the procurement of innovation and sustainability in goods and services is not just about R&D, but the design and delivery of public services, processes and models. This is what is behind the Procura+ Awards, rewarding, encouraging and then showcasing public procurers that...

Public Sector Procurement Collaboration – Please Complete Our Survey

1 Dec 2016
A few weeks ago, we told you here about our kick-off meeting for the UK Public Spend Forum Best Practices Exchange. A group of 15 or so senior public procurement leaders got together to talk about the idea of a cross-sectoral group that could drive better practice, understanding and exchange of...

Procurement: Friend or Foe of Innovation?

16 Nov 2016
The first panel discussion at the recent European Commission Innovative Public Procurement conference in Berlin was titled Procurement of Innovation – Friend or Foe? A slightly obscure title – we think it means whether public procurement is a friend or foe of innovation generally? There has...

Defence Procurement: Why Don’t Nations Collaborate?

9 Nov 2016
We found an excellent article here on the foreignpolicy.com website by Elisabeth Braw, looking at the issues around countries sharing military procurement. It is both interesting to the casual reader and informative, and raises some interesting procurement issues that go beyond defence...

Commission Translates Buying Green Handbook – Now In 23 Languages

22 Sep 2016
The European Commission has announced that its Buying Green! Handbook has now been fully translated and is available in all 23 EU languages. So if you want to read all about green procurement and sustainability issues in Swedish or Hungarian, as well as English, French and German, you can now do so...