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.

NAO On Commercial & Contract Management – “Work Towards Business-As-Usual Requirements”

The UK’s National Audit Office issued a very useful document - “Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice”. For each of the 20 areas the NAO has covered, we will look at their content and then give any additional analysis or thoughts we would add to the mix. NAO insights 17 and 18 come under the wider heading of “Contract Lifecycle”. Today, we look at number 18 – “Work towards business-as-usual requirements”. That is one of the least intuitively obvious of the insights, but what the NAO means here is really all about the importance of mobilisation, the transition into the live running of the contract from the procurement and contracting phase. Here are our thoughts.

HS2 - Politicians Cannot Guarantee Work For Local Workers In Fair Bidding Scenario

The UK’s new high-speed rail project, HS2, will be the most expensive rail project in the world, ever, and will be complete just about the time that driverless cars will revolutionise our whole concept of personal travel! The transport secretary is reported to have said “I am determined to see the great HS2 train-building programme create huge opportunities for British workers and drive economic growth in our country”.  Of course, no minister can in reality guarantee British jobs for British workers! Under EU and UK procurement regulations any hint of excluding bids from other European countries if they include manufacturing outside the UK would be met by instant complaints to Brussels!

Recorded Webinar: How To Buy Drones

Drones are doing amazing work in the public sector, from creating 3D models of large mountains to helping in disaster recovery and firefighting missions. And thanks to recent regulatory advancements, its becoming easier for government programs and commercial entities to derive benefit from integrating drones into their operations. If you are curious about how drones are used in the public sector and want to learn how to buy them, our US colleagues alongside some guest experts from both the private and public sectors ran a webinar recently answering this and more - it has been recorded and you can access and listen to that here.





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