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Procurement Innovation – What Does It Really Mean?

We know that “Procurement Innovation” is something that is dear to the hearts of many Public Spend Forum readers and indeed many working on both the buy and supply sides of the public procurement world, across many countries. But as this has become a hot topic, it has also led to some confusion...

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Recommendations and New Strategies in Scottish Procurement

The Scottish Parliament’s cross-party group for construction has been advised by specialist contractors on ways to improve public procurement. Among the proposals are greater use of project bank accounts, placing retentions in trust and the creation of a construction regulator. There are more...

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Call for Contributions - EcoProcura 2018

The EcoProcura conference series started in 1998 as a forum to promote exchange and dialogue on the latest strategies and practical solutions on sustainable, circular and innovation procurement. Now the 10th conference brings together over 400 procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers...

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Showcase Your Public Authority’s Procurement Process

It’s time again for the Procura+ awards which recognise sustainable and innovative public procurements which lead to real improvements in public goods, services, processes and infrastructure. They are co-ordinated by ICLEI, in co-operation with the EU-funded Procure2Innovate project. Call for...

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UK Rail Research and Innovation Network Launched

The UK rail industry, with help from British Steel, has created a ground-breaking partnership with eight universities to deliver four world-class centres of excellence – they will cover rolling stock, infrastructure, digital systems and testing and trialling. This exciting new £92m rail...

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A Story About A Town That Turned Itself Around Through Local Sourcing

An article in The Guardian last week caught our attention – it talks about how a northern England town turned around its failing financial situation by taking a ‘spending public money locally’ approach. This article is an opinion piece as opposed to ‘news,’ but it is interesting and thought...

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Public Sector Procurement Should Foster Innovation - Report

A report from techUK argues that for the government to deliver its transformation and growth commitments, it must make a step change in procurement in central government and the wider public sector. The report discusses how procurement can act as a tool for government to deliver its vision for...