Making socially responsible public procurement work

Jun 26, 2020
Socially responsible public procurement (SRPP) is about achieving positive social outcomes in public contracts. Procurement affects a large number of people, whether as users of public services, those involved in production and delivery, or staff of the buying organisation. Beyond those directly...

European regulators will not relax rules during coronavirus crisis

Apr 23, 2020
Compliance Week writes that European businesses may be putting themselves at risk because they mistakenly believe regulators are prepared to loosen the rules, lower the compliance burden, and lessen enforcement so companies can operate more easily as the coronavirus pandemic lingers on. Three areas...

COVID-19 and the Conduct of Public Procurement

Mar 26, 2020
European Governments are advising their public procurement bodies how to conduct business during the crisis – from issuing public procurement procedures, their evaluation and their award as smoothly as possible without public officials meeting in person, to temporarily accepting digital bank...

Public Procurement Perspectives: Entry I (Rules and Regs and Whatnot)

Feb 9, 2020
For my first official BLOG entry (are they called entries? Oh well, mine are called entries now), I have been overwhelmed with ideas. This specific post has had multiple titles and themes as I chase each shiny object that illuminates my periphery. But at last, I have determined to move past...

Open contracting and the EU in 2020: What to expect

Jan 30, 2020
Open Contracting Partnership expects 2020 to be a year of great strides towards opening up public procurement across the EU. “Even a slight shift of 1% in efficiency would save the EU around EUR 20 billion per year,” it says. The European Commission (and member states) will be laying out a...

Evolving the network platform: why closure of CAS(T) matters

Nov 20, 2019
We welcome this guest post by Des Ward, director at Innopsis, the trade association for suppliers of digital infrastructure and services to the UK public sector? The recent announcement from the National Cyber Security Centre regarding the closure of the security assurance standard CESG Assured...

Social value is the latest frontier for public procurement and value for money

Nov 7, 2019
Civil Service World has published an article on what social value means for the public sector. It explains how it interacts with the UN Sustainable Development Goals to compel commissioners and suppliers to widen their positive impacts through investment, transformation and regeneration, and that...

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...

Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement

Jul 11, 2019
The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN on SP), is a group of 14 cities that have come together to accelerate the implementation of sustainable procurement worldwide through: setting ambitious, quantified targets on sustainable procurement, reporting on their achievements, and...

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...

UK NHS Digital Publishes ‘Internet First’ Guidelines

Jul 4, 2019
UK NHS Digital has published its ‘Internet First’ policy, standards and guidelines to help health and social care organisations make their digital services accessible over the internet. The guidelines describe how to make them secure, scalable and where possible consistent. Read about the...