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.

Are Suppliers Ripping Off the Tax Payer? And Are They To Blame for Government Projects Failures?

We held recently one of our 'infamous' pub debates - a debate on a topical or burning issue, held in a pub, with two short sets of arguments 'for' or 'against' the motion being presented, lots of banter, heckling, food, drink, merriment - but all with a serious message and outcome! Here is a roundup of the arguments from both sides.

Brexit Negotiations - The Danger of "Goodwill" Concessions

Keir Starmer, the UK Labour Party shadow Brexit Minister, has said that EU citizens will retain the right to stay in the UK post Brexit, and that he would concede that immediately in the negotiation with the EU representatives (if his party wins the forthcoming UK general election of course). This would build trust, he says, and help the negotiations. Here is how we can see that negotiation going, as Starmer comes up against the European Negotiator.

Sourcing Optimisation - Will Coupa / Trade Extensions Tie-up Bring This Tech Into Government?

The news that Coupa, a leading procurement software firm, is buying Trade Extensions, probably the number one “sourcing optimisation” firm in the world, made us consider whether optimisation could be used in the public sector. The answer is 'yes' of course, except we have not seen much evidence of it. Here is one example where we have seen its uptake.

Ideas for Post-Brexit UK Public Procurement from BiP's Eddie Regan

Eddie Regan, Principal Consultant for the training business within BiP Solutions, which organised the recent Procurex South event in London, spoke about “the Potential Impact on Procurement Post Brexit”.  He ran through various ideas that have been put forward on how the UK could improve its public procurement legislative framework if and when the country is “free” of the EU. Here a some of them.

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