Public Spend Forum – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public procurement and the public sector market. On its website you will find articles, podcasts, opinion pieces, discussion trails and news stories. GovShop is its platform for finding and connecting suppliers with the public sector market.

Why are there so many permanent consultants in the public sector?

Romy Hughes, director at change management consultancy, Brightman, discusses the number of consultants – which appear to be in permanent roles - in the public sector. These consultants, she says, are not there to enable the organisation to deliver a specific project; they are the ones delivering the project itself. The problem with this approach is that the public sector has become dependent on these consultants for the majority of its day-to-day operations. This difference is particularly noticeable if you have come from the private sector, where consultants rarely get so comfortable. She goes on to offer some advice about your approach to using consultants. Read that here.

Public Procurement Perspectives from someone with first-hand public procurement perspectives

Ben McMartin has spent three and a half years on the road (roadshows) interfacing with industry and working to lower the barrier of entry for non-traditional defence contractors and small businesses in government. He shares his own learnings on the barriers to entry into the Defence acquisition world for small businesses, start-ups and new technology. Worth a read whichever industry you are in. Do that here.


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