Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Forum is dedicated to public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for improving public procurement and the public sector market. In Europe alone, we are talking about well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens being spent by governments and public sector bodies. Worth doing well, you might consider.

Part of the PSF site is dedicated to Europe-related issues, and that is where you will find our articles and news stories from this week. It will require a one-off, quick registration to view them. Please join us – follow the links in the summaries below.

Crown Commercial Service Has Ambitious Plans For All Public Sector Buying

Although CCS have used eSourcing for some years, and have done some useful work on collecting and analysing spend data, access for users to their agreements has largely been manual up to now. CCS has embarked on an ambitious programme to develop and implement a “Crown Marketplace”. This would be a technology solution to enable users to access the range of CCS agreements it puts in place for use by public bodies. A pilot, for ordering IT items, is already up and running, but it wants to go further than a “catalogue” type approach. It aims to let users run a selection process via the platform, choosing a supplier from a framework with multiple firms listed; it also intends to include some basic “purchase-to-pay” functionality. A challenge we think ...

Circular Procurement Best Practice Report - Helps Organisations Identify Needs And Ask Different Questions

Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) Regions is a consortia of partners forming a regional procurement network across Europe. As part of its activities it also produces a range of publications, and recently it released a best practice document which identifies how the concept of the Circular Economy can be introduced to procurement and what changes to current procurement practices need to be adapted. “Procurement plays a key role in the development of a circular economy and provides a powerful mechanism for enabling economies to become more circular,” it says. So we took a look: here's what we found and a link to where to go to download the report.

NAO On Commercial & Contract Management – Know What Suppliers Are Doing

The UK’s National Audit Office issued a very useful document titled “Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice”. We are looking into a more detailed review of its content and findings. Today, we take a look at number 14 of the NAO insights (as they call them) – “Know what suppliers are doing”. NAO thinks government has become more aware in recent years of the need for a “hands-on” approach, but more can be done. Getting aspects such as reporting right is key and customers need to understand issues such as when self-reporting from the supplier is adequate and when independent monitoring and detailed controls are needed. More here ...

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