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 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. So here is a roundup of what we were discussing this week. If you find anything interesting, please click through to the full article:

Baroness Young Inspires at Greenwich Symposium on Responsible Public Procurement

The third Greenwich Symposium on Responsible Public Procurement was held last week. Andy Davies, Director of the London Universities Purchasing Consortium, has been one of the driving forces behind the event, along with the Electronics Watch organisation and Olga Martin-Ortega from the University. The headline for the day was “Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Rights Risks in Global Supply Chains” and Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey was the keynote speaker. She has been supporting a private members bill to strengthen the provision for transparency in the supply chain as part of this, and she talked about the history of the Act and how it could be improved further.


Greenwich Symposium on Human Rights - the Public Procurement Roundtable (Part 1)

The event featured a roundtable discussion with several alumni of the public procurement world. It was chaired by Emma Nicholson of APUC (which buys for universities in Scotland) and included Samah Abbasi of Unicef;  Mike Kilner from LUPC; Terry Brewer from Harrow Council; Anna Hagvall, all the way from Stockholm county Council; Jenny Barlow from the University of Leeds; and Faiza Rasheed from One Housing. Questions were posed to the panel, including: why are these topics around Human Rights or interest to your organisation and how do you approach it? There were some great responses which you can read in the article.

Greenwich Symposium on Human Rights - the Public Procurement Roundtable (Part 2)

We take a look at the comments made by the panel as they answered questions about plans for the future. This was a content-rich debate; they gave us much to consider and more to do; they also proposed useful ideas and identified key issues. Their responses, ranging from publicising and rewarding suppliers that are compliant and support initiatives, to working more collaboratively, are highlihgted in the post.

DVSA Turns to In-Sourcing for Shorter, More Flexible Contracts in its Modernisation Journey

With long-term, legacy contracts coming to an end within the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, the department had an opportunity to re-assess strategic direction and look to shorter, more flexible, contracts, where running, improvement and control could be kept within the department. It announced that as part of a technology transformation programme, it is changing from using primarily outsourced contracts to in-sourced, agile delivered services (using vendors and employees). It used the government Digital Marketplace to access vendors, and we asked the Director of Digital Services and Technology a few questions about this experience, among other things.

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