What Do You Want!? Thoughts on Evaluation Criteria

4 Dec 2018
When was the last time you read an inspiring response to a Federal Request for Proposal (RFP)? How about merely informative? Tolerable? Yeah me neither. Even the ones I write are pretty horrid. And yet we’ve created a federal acquisitions and sales process that in large part revolves around...

GSA Develops Pilot Program, Offers Range of Advantages to Start-ups

7 Nov 2018
The GSA Procurement Innovation Resource Center (PIRC) is an internal resource center that provides guidance and tools to assist the GSA acquisition teams with incorporating innovation into procurements. PIRC was created to implement the new commercial solutions opening procedure detailed below as...

Guide for Overseas Companies On How To Access NHS Procurement Channels

4 Oct 2018
The UK government has issued guidance for overseas companies on how to access NHS (the country’s National Health Service) procurement channels in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It also outlines the aims of the new NHS Supply Chain operating model put in place to improve...

No Deal Brexit Pledge of a New Online Procurement Portal to Replace OJEU

26 Sep 2018
  “It’s our duty as a responsible government to prepare for all eventualities, including ‘no deal’, until we can be certain of the outcome of those (UK/EU) negotiations,” says Gov.uk. This refers to, in the event of a ‘no deal’ EU exit, what the government is putting in place...

Finding the Best Cyber Security Solutions with GovShop

24 Sep 2018
Market Research Made Easy With Public Spend Forum As public sector organizations continue to modernize technology and bring citizen services online, cyber hackers and bad actors are designing new techniques to exploit every weakness they find. It’s a cat and mouse game that will never stop, and...

New Laws To Help Small Businesses Raise Finance From Unpaid Invoices

20 Sep 2018
UK government is considering introduction new laws to give small businesses more access to the finance they need to succeed. The laws are aimed at helping secure small businesses against unfair contracts that stop them raising money from unpaid invoices. Currently a small supplier’s contract with...

Tenders Direct on Pitfalls to Avoid

5 Sep 2018
Tenders Direct has published some tips on how to avoid the common pitfalls that even established suppliers make. “Make sure you’re paying attention to developments in public procurement on a local and national level – tendering is not the same game as it was in previous decades,” it...

Public Contracts and Risky Behaviours – Paper

30 Aug 2018
We missed this over the holiday period: The British Library website, under social welfare, houses a paper by Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service on the potential and unintentional effects of public sector contracting and procurement. It takes a number of recent high-profile examples from the...