This Week’s Summary of Articles from Public Spend Matters Europe

Time again for a roundup of the articles published on Public Spend Matters Europe (PSME) this week. Launched on September 1st, our public sector site is building momentum and receiving good reception from the public procurement community around Europe and the comments fields are starting to get filled. There’s a new article every day so the volume of diverse and interesting reads is really starting to mount up. Each Friday, we are featuring a brief summary of the main articles published that week on PSME. And this week we have some really quite interesting discussions written by Peter Smith that have sparked quite a lot of Twitter activity.

If you see something of interest, please click through and take a look at the whole thing – there’s lots to catch up on around Europe.

Procurement Dilemmas - Keeping Senior People Happy

Many procurement professionals will have had experience of somebody powerful wanting a certain supplier to win a contract because they really believe they are the best one to do the work. When the buyer is under pressure to "make sure a supplier wins the competition," what is the best way for the buyer to respond? It is easy to say they should simply ignore the pressure, but that can be hard when very senior people are involved. We highlight some generally interesting points for procurement.

In Part 1, we talked about Supplier Relationship Management and how it could benefit the public sector, but also the public sector procurement issues that can stand in the way of developing an effective SRM programme and strong relationships with key suppliers. In Part 2 we look at how public procurement practitioners can, despite those barriers, successfully use some of the principles of SRM and deliver positive results.

Implementing the eProcurement Mandate - Factors to Consider when Choosing Technology

In our new research report Implementing the eProcurement Mandate - Technology Choices and Key Decision Factors we look at the new EU Regulations covering the use of eProcurement. For organisations investing in eProcurement systems we discuss the issues that buyers need to consider as part of the decision-making process. Whether the choice is to develop a solution in-house, commission a bespoke development, or buy an already available system, we give the key factors that Spend Matters has identified based on our significant experience.

EU Regulations Overrule Senior Politician’s Promise!

Politicians in any country like to think they are powerful people. Yet in so many areas, their freedom to make decisions is limited by regulations that sit above their responsibility. We have seen this demonstrated well in the UK recently, where EU regulations in effect overruled a very senior politician’s promise last year. Find out more ...

European Business Still Believes Government Not Doing Enough on Late Payments

Recent reports show late payments continue to be a real threat to Europe’s business growth. Invapay infographic (which can be viewed here) highlights key findings and the quite shocking figures show that 69 percent of companies still do not believe their national government is doing enough to help protect them from the risk of late payments. Nearly half believe the problem will get worse despite EU Directives.

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