Have Your Say – Consultation on Guidance of EU Public Procurement

17 Nov 2017
The European Commission invites your views on a draft Guidance on Public Procurement of Innovation. The Guidance on Public Procurement of Innovation supports the wider uptake of public procurement of innovation in the EU and the document will cover added value of public procurement of innovation;...

NHS Hospitals To Be Ranked On How Much They Spend on Goods and Services

10 Nov 2017
UK health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced this week that NHS hospitals throughout the country will be ranked in a ‘Procurement League Table’ according to how much they are spending on goods and services. With ongoing wide variation in the amount hospitals are charged, and pay, for everyday...

InnProBio Launches Online Toolbox for Buyers

10 Nov 2017
The InnProBio European project has launched an online toolbox for bio-based procurement in the public sector. The toolbox is a starting point for public buyers to learn about the various bio-based products available on the market when considering alternatives to plastics produced from fossil-based...

Highways England New Procurement Approach

2 Nov 2017
Chief Executive of Highways England, Jim O’Sullivan, has revealed the highways body is looking at new ways to award work based on contractor performance as part of its new procurement model. We read in New Civil Engineer that contractors could be judged by the client on how well a scheme is...

NAO on Commercial & Contract Management – “Plan for Uncertainties”

26 Oct 2017
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 and findings. For...

A Successful Public Sector Procurement Transformation Story

12 Oct 2017
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 and Logistics at...