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Public procurement data needs work.

Government data is much like infrastructure, valuable when it is cared for, troublesome when it is left unloved. Government spends nearly £400bn a year with suppliers, but most of this data is only available to the buyers and their suppliers. This is fine for managing individual contracts, but it is no good if you want to manage ...
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New OJEU Procurement Thresholds for 2020

The Government has recently updated the procurement thresholds for public sector procurement processes for 2020. We outline what this means for you and your business.   When does this take place? The updated thresholds for public procurement will affect new procurement processes from 1st January 2020 to 31st December 2020   Does Brexit affect this? Yes and no. From 31st January 2020, ...

A free hand or a free market? How competitive is public procurement in Europe? Part two of a three part series

This article is the second part of a three part series on competitive tendering in public procurement in Europe. There is a correlation between competitive tendering in public procurement and value for money as well as broader, positive procurement outcomes (e.g. contract completion on time, in full). As before, data was extracted from Tenders Electronic Daily ...

A free hand or a free market? How competitive is public procurement in Europe? Part one of a three part series

In this series of articles, we will explore how competitive the overall public procurement tendering process is for European countries. The most value for money in public procurement is linked to a competitive tendering process. This means encouraging multiple bidders to present offers. There are many ways to do this, all of which have a demonstrable ...
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Procurement jargon explained

Do you need a quick way to explain procurement terms? Here’s a run down of some common terms used in procurement, including acronyms to watch out for: Alcatel ('standstill') period A ten calendar day standstill period between the announcement of a contract award on OJEU and the signing of a contract, designed so unsuccessful bidders have time ...

6 golden rules for selling to Government

Globally, public sector contract spending is $13 trillion a year. This is a great opportunity for all kinds of businesses from consultancies to caterers. There is no shortage of advice available so we reviewed dozens of these advice articles and stripped them down to these golden rules: 1. Know the rules Before getting started, you must understand the ...

Why do Government IT projects fail?

Why do Government IT projects consistently fail? Below are eight reasons why we keep getting this wrong. 1. We've bought into a tech utopia Believe that technology is a solution to difficult problems, and we start to think about the edge case of possibilities and how it can be used to deliver a utopian future - blockchain anyone? ...

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