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.

This week we are starting our transition to our new home - Public Spend Forum headquartered in Chicago, but still providing our regular European news updates, insight and commentary on public sector spending stories. PSF will give our readers a more global insight with an added opportunity to share, network and discuss - more to come. This week we have been discussing:

Survey of US Government Procurement Professionals – Findings Will Ring True with Europe Too!

Data intelligence firm Onvia has released its second annual Survey of Government Procurement Professionals. This is a US-based report, but as we said last year “while this survey garners intelligence from 500-plus government procurement professionals and agencies in the US, its results are rather telling and are a good benchmark for government practitioners in Europe too. It is useful insight for both buyers and sellers in the business-to-government (B2G) marketplace.”

Is Government Cost-Cutting Really Starting To Hurt the UK?

A series of terrible events in the UK in the past few weeks has put the spotlight on government expenditure, as well as raising many other issues of course. In the face of austerity, we ask how far cuts in public expenditure might be in any way to blame for these events. When it comes to public procurement, we would suggest this all demonstrates that eventually, cost-cutting does have an impact.

Sound Advice On Procuring Consultancy Services

Sheena Kocherhans, Category Manager for Professional Services at ESPO, the public sector owned buying organisation, discusses that, while public sector boards are accustomed to consultancies advising Government in specific markets such as construction, planning, waste, and environmental services, many organisations are being forced to innovate. Some are looking at new service delivery models, others are tendering for professional or accountancy services to run major projects. But who do public buyers partner with? The challenges for procurement teams is identifying the required scope and level of assistance, and there is also the difficulty of identifying the right supplier from a raft of private, public and third sector consultancy partners.

Sustainable Public Procurement - A Global Study of Progress

A recent study, Global Review of Sustainable Public Procurement 2017, by the United Nations Environment Programme, has now been completed and is now available to download. It was conducted in the framework of the 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement Programme, and examines the state of sustainable public procurement (SPP) policies and practices undertaken by national governments worldwide in the past five years. Looking at 41 national governments and analysing more than 200 SPP stakeholders on sustainable practices, the report tracks the global progress of SPP and explores the collective understanding of the current barriers, needs, opportunities and innovations.

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