Public Spend Forum – Public Procurement news from this week

Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public procurement. GovShop is its free-to-use government market research tool for finding and connecting with suppliers. Here's the latest from PSF: 

7MI Series – Essentials for Public Procurement

Public Spend Forum is running a series of articles on the 7 Economics and Market Intelligence Essentials for Public Procurement. Each one in the series will contain useful information via podcasts, written resources, templates and other materials. The series is a result of 20 years of work and research across the public and private sectors, and will be:

  • Focused on the fundamentals of how markets work and basics of economics
  • Fact-based and analytical as opposed to “hunches”
  • Collaborative and two way with an emphasis on early supplier engagement

The first ‘Essential’ - #1 Understand the Need Before You Buy – discusses what some may describe as the most important part of any procurement: understanding the need and what matters most, which based on their experience is critical to conducting effective market research. It highlights three critical questions we must ask at the beginning of each acquisition/procurement and gives advice on how we should answer them. There is also a handy template available to download. Read that here.

MSDUK calls on public sector to make supplier diversity key in wake of BLM movement

MSDUK, a non-profit which has worked with over 125 global corporations and over 3,000 ethnic minority businesses over the last 14 years to champion supplier diversity, is calling on the public sector to do more to make supplier diversity a key part of their core strategy. Founder Mayank Shah says one of the biggest challenges is a lack of data on business ownership in the UK. How can you produce policies to support disadvantaged business groups, if you do not collect or analyse any data? he asks. Quality data helps to develop informed policies that have a lasting impact. Read more here.

Covid-19 verified supplier list

Public Spend Forum has been working with the National Governor's Association, the Defense Joint Task Force and a number of non-profit organisations, such as American Hospital Association, to "verify" suppliers and maintain/grow a list of over 3000 suppliers and 10,000 products related to Covid-19 supplies and services. Here’s how it works:

How you can search, download list and place requests:

  • Search on free GovShop Platform: Please visit to search list here
  • Place a request or RFP, directly on GovShop on this page. The team will use their matching algorithms to recommend suppliers as well as to disseminate the request to verified suppliers
  • Request List:  Please email to request a full list in Excel that you can search and filter and share with your state agencies
  • See latest updates including new suppliers, contracts here


And in other news ...

UK Government awards £252m PPE contract to private equity firm

UK missed out on EU schemes to secure supplies of PPE owing to defunct email addresses

Dominic Cummings to tour MoD sites to showcase flagship operations in response to complaint that military procurement squanders billions

Tunga launches new e-learning platform for software developers in Africa

More than £15m in fraud and errors across Scotland’s public sector since 2018

Thousands of business advisers to offer free services to small firms in government scheme

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund open for digital innovation to transform Britain's supply chains

CIPS and ITN Productions launch 'Supply, Support and Sustain’

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy advises free services to small firms


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