Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to European public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public sector market. Around Europe, we are talking about well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens being spent by government and public sector bodies of some sort. Worth doing well, you might consider. So here is a roundup of what we were discussing this week.

Post-Brexit Procurement Regulation - Don't Reduce Transparency!

Interesting and important reading for public procurement people in the UK, and those outside who may have some trading relationship with the country post-Brexit titled: 'UK public procurement legislation will be heavily influenced by the nature of any future trade agreements between the UK and the EU.' It raises some interesting points on EU case law and poses questions about advertising contract opportunities. The article is well worth reading and raises a number of interesting issues.

National Audit Office Best Practice Guidance (Part 4) – Tailor Capability to Risks & Opportunities

In a detailed review of the UK’s National Audit Office document, “Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice, we have been providing insight ito its content and findings. This is part 4, which is part of our look at “commercial capability” and covers issues affecting resource allocation, like making sure resources are allocated where they are needed most and where they can achieve the most impact.

10 Surprising Things You Might Not Know About PBOs

Maybe not terribly 'surprising' but this guest post from professional buying organisation (PBO) ESPO does highlight the importance of, and need for, organisations of this type, albeit in a slightly lighthearted manner. For example, did you know that PBOs could prevent ‘UK plc’ from grinding to a halt if we get a severe winter. ESPO works with the three main UK salt mines to provide de-icing salt and chemicals to local authorities and national-level highways bodies!

YouTube Loses Government Advertising - Inappropriate Links With Dodgy Videos

Large advertisers are potentially paying for digital adverts that are only seen by “robots” or are seen by real people  - but only for a split second. Placing adverts in proximity to other articles, unsavoury pictures or videos, may not be the sort of thing the advertiser wishes to be associated with. The UK satirical magazine Private Eye runs a regular column called “Malgorithms” which gives examples of this sort of embarrassing placement. Here are some examples and some of the risks involved for pubic bodies.

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