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:

The Economist on Public Sector Big-Rigging - Are There Any Answers?

An article in The Economist on bid-rigging covered “Spain’s biggest corruption case in decades. Last month 37 businessmen and former politicians, including members of the ruling Popular Party (PP), went on trial on charges of fixing the government procurement system to steer construction contracts to their buddies.” As the Economist points out, there may be innocent reasons for this, but as we point out, it may also be that bid-rigging is becoming more common.

NAO Report on Commercial and Contract Management

Last month, the UK’s National Audit Office published what we think is one of its most important pieces of work ever: “Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice.” The public sector now spends more on third-party contracts than it does on internal staff, so getting procurement and contract management right is vitally important - for politicians, taxpayers, and citizens. We take a look at the report which we believe is recommended reading for any procurement or contract management professional.

Transport for London Wins Innovative Procurement Award – A Bright Future for London Underground

We were fortunate to catch up with the winner of the “Innovation procurement of the year” award at the Procura+ awards last week -- Transport for London. The public transport operator took an innovative approach to procurement, looking at the whole life-cycle cost associated with lighting the expansive London Underground network. We asked the Capital Programmes Directorate what made this procurement especially innovative, here's what he told us.

Buying Professional Services (Part 2) - What Are We Looking For?

The second in a series of guides to buying professional services. We look at why organisations purchase professional services, and identify three key drivers for most engagements of this nature. It is vital that buyers understand which of these motivators sits behind each professional services procurement need if the selection of suppliers and contracting process is to be successful from a performance and value perspective. At the highest level, there are three reasons why suppliers get engaged.

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