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:

Why Suppliers Bid For Public Sector Contracts - Or Don't!

This is part 2 in this discussion - part 1 is here - where we look at how we get buyers and commissioners in the public sector to think about what encourages potential suppliers to bid. What are the key factors that determine whether that potential supplier does choose to put themselves forward? There are six key areas that are likely to be considered by an organisation making a considered judgement, and they are represented here.

Complexities of EU Defence Procurement Relationships - The Matryoshka Doll Effect

In his series of public procurement podcasts Dr Pedro Telles talks to Baudouin Heuninckx, Chief Counsel of the Belgian Armed Forces Procurement Division and a part-time academic at the University of Nottingham and the Belgian Royal Military Academy, about his research into defence collaborative procurement projects in Europe. He looks at the complexities behind the legal frameworks that surround joint purchases of large pieces of equipment, like aircraft or battleships.

Public Service Commissioning - Room for Improvement, Says Reform

We look at a report published by the think-tank Reform on the state of public service commissioning - it analyses the issues around the way the process is currently delivered in the UK public sector. One of the most important areas in the report covers how providers are measured, rewarded and incentivised. This has huge read across for more “conventional” procurement too. We look at the various subjects discussed.

UK Ministry of Defence - Is New Procurement System Running Into Trouble?

A critical look at a new procurement system implementation at the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD). Last year, it announced it was “changing and improving its procurement systems, to provide a more, effective and efficient way of interacting with its supply base”. The new system is set to improve contract visibility and contract management processes. But there would appear to be trouble ahead - one should not under-estimate the difficulty of making technology changes in an environment as big as the MOD!

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