First Open Source Knowledge Graph on European Public Procurement

Jul 19, 2019
The ‘TheyBuyForYou’ project brings together researchers, innovators and public administrations from five European countries who are working on guidelines for procurement data visualisation. An international research team with open data specialists from the University of Southampton have...

How Effective Is Public Sector Procurement Really?

Jul 16, 2019
Public sector procurement – we’re speaking generally and specifically in the UK (because that’s where our experience lies) – is difficult to measure in terms of success, or even effectiveness. Why is that? According to an article by Peter Smith, it’s partly because “so much of what...

What Boris Johnson Is Missing When He Talks About Procurement

Jul 11, 2019
Boris Johnson – the UK PM front runner – said of Procurement that: “… he wanted to change public procurement rules which could see UK companies favoured when bidding for billions of pounds worth of Government work.” The very knowledgeable Pedro Telles, Senior Lecturer in Law at Swansea...

Farmers Call for Food Trading System Complete Treasury Review

Jul 11, 2019
At a UK Future Farmers seminar recently, the NFU president said: “There has got to be a complete review of the competition framework. It has to be done by the Treasury, it has to be serious and it has to be done in 12 months.” Britain’s food trading system is “unique” and...

Public Service Delivery Favoured Over Private Sector

Jul 11, 2019
A study by E3M, an initiative developed and managed by Social Business International, surveyed, via Pollster YouGov, 2,062 UK adults from among the general public about their attitudes towards public service delivery. 84% of respondents were aware that public bodies such as local councils and the...

Results and Status of EU-Funded Pre-Commercial Procurements

Jun 27, 2019
New data from a survey of all the completed pre-commercial procurements (PCPs) funded by the EU’s research and innovation programme 7 show longer-term impact on the commercialisation success rate of companies and the modernisation of public services. Read also how the impact of the EU-funded PCPs...

World Economic Forum Report on Gender Equality and Smart Procurement

Jun 27, 2019
“Public procurement has emerged as a pioneering frontier for provision of jobs and opportunities, especially for women and other marginalised groups at most risk of exclusion from social and economic growth. Cities such as Amsterdam deliberately use public procurement to boost young people’s...

NAO Criticises Lack of Transparency In Government Aid Spending

Jun 20, 2019
The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report criticising the UK government’s failure to measure the effectiveness of its funding for international development programmes – writes CivilSociety. While the NAO praises some achievements it does say that the government “has placed...