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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. On […]

Brexit Ferry Contract – Evaluation and Decision Process Fit for Purpose?

You most likely heard the news over the past couple of days about the (almost) £14 million Brexit ferry contract awarded to a company (Seaborne […]

ProcureCon Indirect Highlights – Copenhagen Airport Uses GEP System To Drive Procurement Improvement

Mette Villebro Sievers, Head of Category Management, Contract Management and the Operational Procurement Group at Copenhagen Airport, spoke at ProcureCon Indirect last week. The airport […]

Down the Procurement Pub with the Smith Brothers, BravoSolution, Railways and The Killers

One problem working in a very small business is you don’t get the wonderful office Christmas Party experience. Actually, I have pretty mixed memories of […]

Down the Procurement Pub with Schools, HS2, Economies of Scale and Halsey

So this week it has been recovery from Reading Festival and a trip to Durham to visit Mother so little in the way of procurement […]

Gonna Make You A (Contract) Offer You Can’t Refuse – Grayling Persuades Mace To Back Off HS2 Challenge

You can imagine the scene. The Mafia boss is addressing his rivals, around the dinner table, following a particularly nasty outbreak of inter-family violence. There […]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week


Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to European public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public […]

TfL’s Supplier Skills Programme – More Jobs and Skills in Engineering & Construction

We very much enjoyed the conference presentation that we reported on here from Tim Rudin of TfL (Transport for London), all about social responsibility in […]

This Procurement Needs Testing – Never Mind The Drivers …

In 2013 the Government via the Crown Commercial Service awarded a “single supplier framework contract” to learndirect for the supply of Computer-Based Testing Services across […]

Nexus – Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive – An Excellence in Innovation Case Study

This is another in our series of reports covering entries from the recent GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards. They are chosen from categories for […]

East Coast Rail Franchise – Strange Rumours but a Clear Winner

The appointment of the Stagecoach / Virgin consortium to run the UK's East Coast railway line last week was not a total surprise, and it […]

Cambridge Busway, millions over budget, but procurement was “appropriate for the time”

The Cambridge guided busway is another in a long line of inglorious public sector procurement cock-ups. The innovative plan, to convert old railway lines into […]