Innovation and Public Procurement – Competition Must Still Be The Norm

27 Jan 2017
There’s an interesting article on the Out-Law website (from Pinsent Masons, the leading law firm), which relate to a UK parliamentary committee discussion about innovation in science and technology. Jo Johnson, the UK minister for universities, science, research and innovation (and brother of...

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...

Risk Aversion in Public Sector Procurement

18 Oct 2016
One of the topics that came up at the recent Public Spend Forum Europe Exchange kick-off meeting was attitudes towards risk amongst the public sector procurement community. Our senior group, from across many different parts of the public sector, discussed how risk aversion could hold back...

Public Procurement Best Practices Exchange Hits London and the United Kingdom

21 Sep 2016
Last week, we held the kick-off meeting for the Public Spend Forum Best Practices Exchange in the UK. The Exchange has been a feature of the Public Spend Forum program in the USA for a year or more now, one of the elements of the PSF initiative launched by Raj Sharma and his team. Nancy Clinton and...

TI on the IMF and Anti-Corruption

The International Monetary Fund’s April 2019 edition of Fiscal Monitor is out and focuses on two broad themes: fiscal policy in a fast-changing global economy and curbing corruption. Corruption, which they describe as ‘the abuse of public office for private gain’ weakens key functions of...

Webinar on Delivering Better Energy Procurement for the NHS

‘The right medicine – reducing cost and carbon in the NHS’ is a live webinar on Thursday 16th May at 11am. Hosted by Inenco it will discuss how a better approach to energy management can help NHS organisations to deliver the Ten Point Efficiency Plan. Among other topics, industry experts will...