This Week’s Summary of Articles from Public Spend Matters Europe

Time again for a roundup of the articles published on Public Spend Matters Europe (PSME) this week. Our public sector site is receiving more and more interest from the public procurement community around Europe. There’s a new article every day so the volume of diverse and interesting reads is really starting to mount up. Each Friday, we are featuring a brief summary of the main articles published that week on PSME. If you see something of interest, please click through and take a look at the whole thing – there’s lots to catch up on around Europe.

2015 Challenges for Public Procurement – Social Issues

We listed our six challenges for public procurement in 2015 at the beginning of the month. This week we continue our focus with social issues and value and innovation. In social issues we look at how they are becoming more part of suppler selection decisions at the tendering stage and in the contract management stage post award. We consider key points and actions for procurement.

2015 Challenges for Public Procurement – Value and Innovation

Value for money is at the heart of public procurement. It is the most fundamental objective for contracting authorities, but there is often confusion between cost (or price) and value. Sometimes contracting authorities choose low price, but achieve poor value, or pay too much and the value is not worth the additional cost. Getting the balance right is therefore critical. Then we have innovation and how to achieve it through the procurement process. Few contracting authorities have worked out what it means and how to contract for innovation.

Your Contract – Ten Reasons Why Suppliers Might Not Bid

A very popular post this week -- Public sector executives at a recent workshop discussed what potential suppliers consider when they decide whether to bid for a public sector contract. We came up with 10 factors why they might decide not to, and it's not just because they can't do the work. We discuss the first five here.

Your Contract – Ten Reasons Why Suppliers Might Not Bid (Part 2)

The second half of our top 10 reasons why suppliers decide not to bid for a public sector contract. It would be good to see if there are any more our readers can come up with, so please do comment if you have more insight or think there are other reasons that are more important to the potential supplier.

Greece - An Uncertain Future for the Euro and a Tangled Web for Suppliers

Following the results of the recent Greek election, and the victory of left-wing party Syriza, we look at numerous sources that say Greece should back down in its demands, and wonder what the future might hold should they lose the euro. What might suppliers have to consider?

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