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

It’s that time of the week again when we give you a roundup of the articles published on Public Spend Matters Europe. Our site, launched on September 1st, is continuing to receive a good reception from the public procurement community around Europe. 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. 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.

How to Evaluate Price in Tenders - Not the Way UK SBS Do It!

How to evaluate price in tenders is a topic that isn’t much discussed. If we are bringing together price and non-price factors (quality, social issues, service etc) in a tender evaluation, we have to convert prices (or whole life cost) into a “score.” And that is a complex subject, even more complex when the prices submitted might span a number of different elements of the bid. In this post we cite some examples where it has gone wrong, and issue a warning for all contracting authorities – think very carefully about price evaluation and test out your mechanisms.

Public Sector Austerity - Are the Good Times Over for Suppliers?

Most procurement professionals, for most of our careers, have been in a situation where our organisations were likely to spend more with suppliers next year than this year. Whilst we have had bad economic times as well as good, the global economy is still twice the size it was some twenty years ago. Alongside this, greater use of outsourcing and external suppliers means we can see that generally procurement departments have seen the spend that they manage or influence rise year on year. But for many buyers, that paradigm has changed over the past couple of years. We look at how supplier management differs in good versus bad times.

Bulgarian SMEs To Benefit from New Legislation, but GPP Must Be Improved 

Bulgaria's new public procurement act will benefit small and medium-size businesses, but more could be done to support sustainable public procurement in the country and reach European targets, according to an energy efficiency expert in the EC's Green Public Procurement news alert. We look at two of the main factors deterring and preventing Bulgarian SMEs from entering the public procurement market and at how the contracting authories' consideration of quality criteria rather than just lowest price will allow SMEs to compete more with larger companies.

A Concise Overview of EU Procurement Procedures - Best Practice Group

Best Practice Group has produced a lot of good, helpful material on how to tackle the changes that the 2014 EU Procurement Directives will bring. In its latest advisory article it gives a useful, easy to follow overview of the main procedures, when they could be used, and a simplistic view of their process flow. Procedures are explained in terms of their relevance to a project alongside a simple outline of the process to follow. It's a genuinely useful piece of work and, as it says on the tin, a concise overview of exactly what you need to know!

Healthcare Procurement – Outcomes Are What Matters

Procurement should always ensure that whatever we are buying, we understand the market, suppliers and cost structures. We should ensure we buy everything at a fair, value for money price. But too much focus on simple cost reduction in the health sector would take procurement down the wrong path. What really matters is health outcomes. Different countries have different healthcare systems - we draw on some conclusions and issues from the recent Health Care Supplies Association in Manchester that together might have relevance more widely around Europe.

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