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.

Value Of A Global Public Procurement Community – PSF Progress And Next Steps

Public Spend Forum founder, Raj Sharma, is in London briefly on November 27, so we will be hosting a short webinar while he is here. This is an opportunity for Raj to update everyone, PSF members, Exchange members, and anyone interested in public sector procurement, on PSF progress globally and what we can usefully do in the UK in particular to support public procurement professionals. Peter Smith will be involved in that discussion too, and we hope delegates will also get involved and put some questions and comments to Raj and Peter. The webinar is open to everybody, and may well be useful to solution providers and other suppliers to the public sector as well as practitioners. It will be at 3pm and will run for just 45 minutes (so not too much of your time) -- dial-in/registration details are here. Or click on the title for more details.

UK Government And New Ideas To Boost Spend With SMEs

We reported recently on the disappointing figures quietly released by the UK government that showed the proportion of central government spend with smaller firms (SMEs) declining in 2015/16. Figures show “that the amount government spends directly with SMEs has continued to climb. This now stands at £5.6 billion, representing a significant increase since 2011 to 12 when £4.4 billion was spent”. The use of statistics here is very dubious – quoting 2011/12 when figures were first collected is meaningless, as the methodology has changed completely. The Government press release had another interesting element - the proposal to look at three new measures, which we discuss here.

Recorded Webinar: How To Buy Procurement Technology - Getting Started

Buying procurement technology, like any technology, can be a complex endeavor. It requires an understanding of which facets of procurement you're trying to improve, which technologies in the market are best suited to your specific problems, and how best to engage vendors and structure agreements as you select a solution. To help unravel the mystery around buying procurement technology, Public Spend Forum and experts from Spend Matters share their wisdom in the first of a series of webinars. This webinar took place on November 20, has been recorded and is available to listen to here.




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