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:

Procura+ Awards - A Look at the Innovative Procurement Finalists (Part 3)

We've been outlining the finalist entries in the innovation and sustainability Procura+ awards over the past couple of days. This is the final post highlighting the two entries in the Tender Procedure of the Year category. They were City of London Corporation, UK for corporate cleaning services and Rijkswaterstaat, Netherlands for sustainable reconstruction of the A6 motorway. The day before we covered the Innovation Procurement of the Year category: Galician Public Healthcare Service, Spain for TELEA-homecare technology platform and Transport for London, UK for the supply of energy-efficient lighting. We will be interviewing the winner/s so look out for a post on the site soon.

UK Prime Minister Wants To Help Small Firms Win Government Contracts

There will be a review into the Small Businesses Research Initiative (SBRI), with the aim of considering how procurement can be used to drive innovation in small businesses. Prime Minister Theresa May suggested that the UK could follow the example of the US government in its use of strategic procurement to drive innovation in small businesses. Of course we do not know what this might actually mean in terms of policy; we take a look at Sanchez-Graells' thinking that there is uncertainty over whether specific policies aimed at SMEs and innovation are likely to work.

The Future for Trade Under President Trump

Brexit and the shock success of Donald Trump has put a much increased focus on world trade. That is driven both by actual and potential agreements, such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), as well as concerns about more barriers going up and the threat of the world slipping into a new phase of protectionism. We take a look at how the arguments for free trade do depend on certain conditions: that all nations must compete fairly and allocation of benefits must be equal.


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