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.

Supplier Selection Processes Must Support Finding The Best Suppliers

Supplier selection is a fundamental element of private and public sector procurement. That seems almost too obvious a statement to commit to print, yet sometimes it seems that organisations forget just how fundamental it is, and how important it is to get it right. Poor, unfair or fraudulent supplier selection processes and decisions can lead to disappointed suppliers challenging, legal cases and delays to contract award. So getting this part of the procurement process right is critical, especially in the public sector where regulatory processes are also at play. Here are some points to consider.

Infographic - What's So Great About Being A Category Management Leader?

Category Management can be the right approach for any procurement organisation - regardless of sector. So the findings in this infographic, part of a fuller, more indepth report, will be of value to anyone involved in sourcing. The infographic is, as you would expect, a snapshot of the main results; the report itself identifies the priority practices that make the biggest difference to category management success, and shows the extent to which they are used and the additional value secured through that use. It is available to download upon request.

NAO On Commercial & Contract Management – “Show What You Care About”

We are looking in more detail at the UK’s National Audit Office's 'Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice.' Today, we look at number 15 of the NAO insights – “Show what you care about.” That is perhaps one of the more unexpected definitions in the document, but it is a direct way of making a good point: the need for clients and a client leadership that “encourages emphasis on the right business outcomes.” But there is a fine line between getting leaders involved and onboard and them starting to re-negotiate contracts.



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