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EU Council Joint Procurement Under European Peace Facility

The European Union Council has adopted an assistance measure worth €1 billion under the European Peace Facility (EPF) that will further contribute to strengthening the capabilities of Ukraine to defend its independence against  Russian military aggression. The EPF was created in 2021 to support partners around the world in the areas of military and defence, with the ...

Measuring Sustainable Public Procurement

One of the projects we are most proud of is working with The Open Contracting Partnership to create a Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) toolkit. The toolkit provides practical insights for the day-to-day needs of procurement professionals on adopting and measuring sustainable procurement.In this article we look at measuring sustainable public procurement. What is 'sustainable public procurement' uptake? Sustainable ...

From Hero to Zero – UK Digital Marketplace Shuttered

Within living memory, the UK’s Crown Commercial Service (CCS) had planned to reshape a large swathe of public procurement in the image of the Digital Marketplace, the website that effectively ran the G-Cloud and Digital Outcomes frameworks. The future, we were assured, was a dynamic marketplace where purchasing was easy and competition was high. Recently, CCS ...

We Sell Data, Not Seats.

Why we sell data not seats? We're data analysts. We really understand the data we gather. We've been doing it for 15 years and we know what works and how to enhance data to make it easier to analyse. We also know that we haven't scratched the surface of the potential uses for our data. From financial services to ...

New Tech Disrupts Traditional Government Procurement

A Silicon Valley startup, GLASS, has created a revolutionary new tech, Glass Commerce, an e-commerce marketplace enabling compliant transactions between government buyers and verified vendors, including small businesses, without bids or paperwork. Glass Commerce is designed to power local Business to Government (B2G) relationships resulting in the purchase of goods, services, software and rentals under $25,000 (USD). Paola ...

Green Public Procurement: New Report

At Spend Network, we are always on the look out for governments, think tanks, research bodies, and other organisations who are working with public procurement to increase transparency, and improve outcomes of for communities through public spend. The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) have presented their latest research on Green Public Procurement (GPP) in the EU. Researchers reviewed ...

EU Agrees on Anti-Coercion Instrument

The European Commission and European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade have agreed on an anti-coercion instrument (ACI) which will enable public procurement measures, import tariffs and trade restrictions to be placed against third countries who apply economic pressure or bidding coercion on member states. The legislation was first proposed in December 2021 by the European Commission after ...

£256 Million Contract for Cyprus Awarded by UK Government

The UK Ministry of Defence  has awarded a £256 million contract, for work, repairs, servicing, and facilities management for the UK defence site in Cyprus Mitie Defence Limited has won the contract,covering RAF Akrotiri, Episkopi, Dhekelia, Ayios Nikolias, Troodos, Bloodhound Camp and Radio Sonde. The contract will come into force in the autumn 2023 and will include ...

Endorsements For Export Agencies

Endorsements are a win-win for export agencies. Exporters face new challenges, both in terms of increased barriers to trade following the pandemic, but they also struggle to meet the increasing demands of purchasing teams.  It is no longer enough to have a brilliant product, companies must excel in a multitude of ways to win overseas contracts. This creates ...

Looking For Reasons To Export to Government?

If you are looking to grow exports, you should start with the largest and most transparent industry in the world, and here are five reasons why: 1. Public contracting accounts for around 11% of global GDP. Think about that. Look at all the economic activity that surrounds you, from shops to taxis and websites, and then realise that ...

Lockheed Martin Selected As Preferred Bidder.

US defence giant Lockheed Martin has won a contract to deliver Australia’s first sovereign-controlled military satellite communication constellation. Lockheed Martin was recently announced as the preferred prime contractor for the JP9102 Australia Defence Satellite Communication system following a two-year procurement process. The company will now progress to the next stage of the tender, which will involve engaging in ...

What Is Beneficial Ownership Anyway?

Beneficial ownership refers to the real person(s) who ultimately owns or controls a company or other legal entity. This information is often hidden behind complex ownership structures, which can make it difficult to track the flow of money and identify potential corruption or other financial crime. Transparency of beneficial ownership is important for government procurement for a ...

Data For Social Procurement

Social value has become an increasingly  critical feature of public procurement. The $13tn of global public procurement expenditure provides opportunities to meld policy and delivery in a pragmatic way. We have seen the Canadian government establish a preferential policy for minority owned businesses, something that has been a common feature of both US federal procurement and South ...

Creating Export Opportunities With Government Procurement Data

In today's global economy, export-oriented businesses face increasing competition and challenges in identifying the right markets and opportunities for their products and services. One source of information that can help businesses overcome these challenges is government procurement data. For export-oriented businesses, unlocking the value of government procurement data requires understanding how this data can inform their export ...

AUKUS Defence Procurement Deal

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese joined the US President Joe Biden, and the UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, in San Diego this week to announce the signing of a trilateral security pact under which the latter two countries will assist Australia in acquiring and building  nuclear-powered submarines. The  plans included the production of up to five of ...

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