Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from Last 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.

Apart from the obvious - see our post on the UK General Election - here is a roundup of what else we were discussing last week.

Social Value in UK Central and Local Government

The UK Crown Commercial Service explained at a conference recently how it is going to be taking a more active approach to the topic of “social value”.  He bagan by saying “we want people to see CCS as standing for certain principles”. It has also published a policy statement on social value reviewing the major existing frameworks, which has highlighted that most have some sort of social value provisions or options contained within them. Going forward it will be ensuring that new deals where appropriate offer social value opportunities. The CCS team will be working with stakeholders to develop guidance to help customers deliver social value.

What Will Brexit Mean for Procurement - Peter Smith Speaks at LUPC/SUPC Event

At the recent London Universities and Southern Universities Purchasing Consortia conference, our colleague Peter Smith of Spend Matters Europe and Public Spend Forum Europe gave a keynote presentation “What Will Brexit Mean For Procurement?” The session covered three main areas: how the UK has performed since the Brexit vote last June; the public procurement regime and the likely changes post-Brexit; what kind of a country does the UK want to be? -- all outlined more fully in the post.

NAO on Commercial & Contract Management – Keep Up Competitive Tension

The UK’s National Audit Office produced a very useful document “Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice." We are looking into a more detailed review of its content and findings, with additional analysis from Spend Matters. In this post we take a look at number 9 of the NAO insights (as they call them) – Keep up competitive tension. This falls under their “market management and sourcing” wider heading.

Defence Co-operation and Collaborative Procurement for the EU - Maybe?

Defence co-operation in Europe and across the EU has been talked about for many years, but talk has exceeded real action. But recently we saw what might prove to be a significant step, as EU foreign policy lead Federica Mogherini and European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen announced a new “Defence Fund” that will support relevant investment and procurement activities. This is part of a broader effort by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to move ahead with a European Defence Action Plan. Here are our thoughts.

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