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Current affairs and general interest

Bombardier and Boeing Trade Dispute Threatens Jobs – Bad News For Procurement Too

The trade dispute between Bombardier and Boeing, which involves the governments of the US, Canada and the UK highlights the complexity of these matters. The […]

Liverpool and Lancashire Outsourcing Investigation Rolls On

This is a complex story that has been reported for some time. But it still hasn’t become clear really to the external observer just what […]

Confessions of a Cycling Virgin – Portsmouth to Bournemouth On a Bike in the Wind

Don't drink too much Elvis Juice at the Brewdog pub off Oxford Street, is the moral of today's story. Because that way you might end […]

Maude Lays Into Civil Service – But Did His Procurement Reforms Work?

Francis (Lord) Maude, ex Minister for the Cabinet Office and de facto “minister for procurement” from 2010-15 has laid into the civil service.  Civil Service […]

PFI Contracts – Who Pays the Ultimate Price?

We note that private finance initiative (PFI) – a procurement method using private sector investment to deliver public sector infrastructure and services – has been […]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Forum is dedicated to public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for improving public procurement and the public sector […]

Trump on Afghanistan and the Garden Bridge – Two Examples of the Same Fallacy

Two seemingly unconnected events of the past couple of weeks actually both emphasised one of the most basic, fundamental and yet often ignored principles of […]

It’s A Holiday! And The Sun Is Out In England

It is a Bank (public) Holiday in the UK today so I’m afraid you will have to wait another 24 hours for your regular dose […]

Yes (Procurement) Minister – How The SME Target Got Developed

In going through or archives to find some interesting “blasts for the past” to feature through August, we came across this from June 2011, which […]

London Garden Bridge Project Finally Scrapped

We were never sure about the whole concept of the London Garden Bridge, which seemed in the main a vanity project for the London Mayor […]

Applying Procurement Thinking to BBC Stars’ Fees

The BBC released details of payment to their best-rewarded “stars” last week – or at least those who are paid directly rather than through production […]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Forum is dedicated to public sector procurement, everywhere, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for improving public procurement and the public […]