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Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

We are back after the Easter Break - here is a roundup of all you missed on Public Spend Forum Europe over the past couple of weeks. […]

Staffs Cancer Procurement Collapses & More Disputes in Health Contracting

Within hours of publishing our article about the Manchester health tender last week, another major “prime contractor” type contract in the health sector collapsed. Staffordshire […]

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 […]

HS2 Contract – CH2M Withdraw, Bechtel “Win”, Mace Will Challenge

We featured the HS2 rail programme problem with the potential CH2M conflict of interest case here and subsequently in a couple of “down the procurement […]

The Laptop Ban – An Opportunity To Review Travel Spend?

The laptop ban on certain air routes dropped out of the news quickly last week after the Westminster events and then the Trump healthcare failure. […]

Last Month’s IT Supply Chain Developments and Their Impact on Buying Decisions

Al Nagar, Head of Benchmarking, KnowledgeBus, Mercato Solutions, continues his series of monthly advisory pieces sharing recent movements and 'impactors' within key IT product categories, to keep you up to […]

Attack In Westminster – Condolences And Some Big Questions

Our sincere condolences to everyone affected by the attack in Westminster yesterday. It is tragic for the individuals – the policeman, doing his job, and […]

Virgin Care Challenge Health Contract Decision in Surrey

Excitement (but not of a good kind) in the county of Surrey, home to the nerve-centre of Spend Matters Europe. Virgin Care, a private sector […]

How Markets Work – The Economics of Care Homes Spells Trouble For Councils

An understanding of how markets work should be a core element of every procurement professional’s knowledge base, and it is always fascinating to observe how […]

UK Budget – Will It Impact The Contingent Labour Market?

BREAKING NEWS (Wednesday afternoon) - National Insurance Increases Cancelled! Chancellor backs down having read Spend Matters article ...   The UK budget last week had […]

Kung Fu And The Mysteries of the Purchaser Provider Spilt

(Let's start the week with a bit of humor - or even humour -  with thanks and apologies to the writers of Kung-Fu…) Good morning, […]

Down the Procurement Pub with Education, Atlanta, Manzils, and Sundara Karma

We enjoyed an excellent gig last weekend from Sundara Karma. Reading University Students Union (really good venue) saw the band returning to their home town […]