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:

European Public Procurement Events Calendar – What’s On?

Our regular outline of forthcoming conferences and events of interest to the pan-European public procurement world – practitioners, academics and others. With links to event details and registration pages.

Glasgow and Serco Fight Over IT Procurement Framework

Glasgow council has stopped transition work with Canadian Information Technology services firm CGI. The firm was expected to take over a major £400 million IT contract next March for Scotland’s biggest city. Serco has been the council's IT partner for some years, and it is easy to understand their disappointment at losing the contract – and not even having the opportunity to bid to retain it. Serco says it has taken legal advice and is confident of its case.

SSRO Consultation - Regulating Single-Source Defence Procurement

The SSRO addresses UK military procurement situations where there is only one supplier, and looks to ensure that commercial arrangements are “fair” to all parties where there is no competition to drive those outcomes. It has issued a consultation document, which reflects the requirement for the Minister to review the organisation by December 2017. Anyone interested can submit their ideas. It also puts forward its own suggestions - there are three key areas: ensuring that single source spending is appropriately covered by the regime; enhancing transparency; and providing effective enforcement of the regime. Comments also invited. But there are also two issues which are within scope but aren't being supported by recommendations ...

Why Suppliers Bid For Public Sector Contracts (Or Don't) 

Here is the briefing for an exercise for procurement professionals and other stakeholders in government sector organisations to put themselves in the shoes of a supplier, something that doesn’t happen as often as it should. Once the question is considered from the supplier’s perspective, then we can get into the key decision factors which will be considered. What often emerges is that stakeholders assume that suppliers are sitting waiting for tenders – that there is automatically a market of multiple, capable firms who will want to bid for the work. The concept that we should not take this for granted is one that has rightly gained more attention in recent years.

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