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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. It […]

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. It […]

Colin Cram Asks – Should Construction Procurement In UK Local Government Be Centralised?

We haven’t always seen eye to eye with ex-civil servant procurement executive Colin Cram, particularly in terms of his views that Tesco was a good […]

Wales Procurement Week – Where Were the Big Buyers?

We’ve started featuring some of the highlight sessions for last week’s Wales Procurement Week over on our sister site, Public Spend Matters Europe. So you […]

Public Procurement – Legal Ruling against Winchester Council, You Can’t Vary a Contract THAT Much!

A legal judgement affecting the beautiful and ancient city of Winchester has some implications that procurement people generally should note. Although technically we might see […]

Local Authorities must boost SME spending according to ‘first of its kind’ report

Newly published report, “Spend Small – The Local Authority Spend Index” -- reveals how much local authorities spend on goods and services from small and medium-size businesses. Written by the Centre for Entrepreneurs and Spend Network, the report is the first of its kind to draw upon analysis of government spending data: more than 44 million transactions across 158 local authorities. It also outlines recommendations for local and central government to boost their spending with small firms, which in turn will lead job creation and economic growth. This report comes four years after a coalition agreement committed to promote small business procurement, with the aim that 25 percent of government contracts be awarded to SMEs by 2015. Last year we reported on “Government spend with SMEs – some success, a whole lot of political spin” which you can read here.