Scotland: Work-Based Learning – Fast Return for Learner and Employer

Mar 29, 2019
Scotland Excel’s Academy has boosted its accredited courses for 2019 after increased demand for more leadership and management courses. The Academy’s Strategic Organisational Development Manager said the Academy was designed initially to train public procurement specialists but they soon...

How Agile Procurement is Here to Change the Face of Government Contracting

Mar 29, 2019
How Agile project management practices can save the government contracting industry by allowing agencies to stay ahead of their problems We can feel it every time we respond to a 200 page RFP or insist contracts can accommodate every possible future scenario. Public procurement has gone stale. The...

Green Public Procurement Training Programme in 11 European Countries

Mar 21, 2019
ICLEI Europe, on behalf of the European Commission, is coordinating training on Green Public Procurement (GPP) across eleven European countries, including Cyprus, Latvia, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Estonia, and Lithuania. The objective of this programme is to support a...

Interview With Ingrid De Doncker, Founder of Procure 2 Innovate (Ireland)

Mar 21, 2019
Procure 2 Innovate Project (P2I) connects competence centres for innovation procurement across Europe. Newly created Procurement Transformation Institute (PTI) has interviewed Ingrid de Doncker, founder of PTI (Ireland), on the Irish context of Innovation procurement, the role of the newly...

New Meeting Rules for Effective Meetings Within Your Procurement Organization

Mar 11, 2019
Spoiler alert: it’s all about preparation. “If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and will never achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings.’ – Dave Barry, American Humorist Meetings: where minutes are kept and hours are lost....

Advice on Bidding for UK Public Sector Contracts – Insight from the Experts

Feb 4, 2019
Thornton & Lowe has been training organisations to bid for public sector (and private) contracts across the UK for 10 years. It supports over 400 tenders every year and boasts a 75% win rate, with 90% of those in the Public Sector. Founder, Dave Thornton, has a background in EU procurement,...

A New Day, A New Way: The Vested Model and Vancouver Island Health Authority

Jan 31, 2019
How to co-create a win-win contract for both sides Sometimes it is extremely difficult for two sides to agree on a contract. That is exactly where Vancouver Island Health Authority hospitalists and administrators found themselves when their contract expired on June 30, 2014. Island Health serves...

CIPS Qualifications Restructured for ‘More Agile and Creative Thinkers’

Jan 31, 2019
A review of The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) qualifications has been launched. The institute has reviewed and restructured its qualifications to develop more agile and creative thinkers, focused on strategy and relationship building, it says. “Following a review of the CIPS...

New e-Learning Course on Green Public Procurement

Jan 31, 2019
Green Public Procurement for Furniture is an open, free-to-use e-training course that addresses the main aspects of public procurement. The course provides the basic knowledge necessary to submit bids in public tenders for the furniture sector. It also introduces the student to green public...

Unlearning to Learn: A Vested Approach to Services Acquisition

Jan 16, 2019
Episode 13 of the Public Procurement Leaders Podcast with Guest Kate Vitasek   Have you ever seen the popular YouTube video, The Backwards Brain Bicycle? It’s a great demonstration of how our minds work. In the video, a man attempts to ride an otherwise-normal bike that does the exact opposite...

Executive Interview Series: Public Procurement Insights

Jan 10, 2019
As part of the National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP) insights series the organisation talks to its Executive Director, with many years of experience in public procurement and in multiple roles, about her experience with the NCPP, changes in the procurement landscape and how to handle...