Alex Yeung

Which Country’s Purchasing Changed During The Covid-19 Crisis?

  Looking at the data on tenders over the past twelve months gives some insight into the ways that different governments are operating during the crisis. Looking at the twelve largest economies in Europe, we’ve been able to see how buyers have changed their buying practices since the start of the year. From the chart above it is possible to see …

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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 public procurement as a …

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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 …

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

This article is the last of a three part series on competitive tendering in public procurement in Europe. We have already learned that European tendering is positive in some aspects (amount of time given to respond) and less positive in others (provision of information to bidders). In this article, we’ll be looking at the number of tenders that received single bids. …

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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 or TED, one of the …

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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 effect on value for money …

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Counting the human cost of supported accommodation

BBC Newsnight worked with Spend Network to report on supported accommodation for looked after children. This forms part of their series Britain’s Hidden Children’s Homes. At present, over 5,000 looked-after-children are living in “supported accommodation”. Supported accommodation are homes that provide support but not care to children under 18. These homes are outside Ofsted’s mandate for registration or inspection. The BBC …

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‘Data that Cares’, a report into the Adult Health and Social Care market using our data

  We are pleased to announce the release of the FCC/IPPR report ‘Data that Cares’! This is a report into the Adult Health and Social Care Market that breaks new ground in analysis of this sector. Our analysis and data revealed that 5-6% of the market is at ‘risk’. This means that circa 25,000 beds are at ‘risk’. We defined ‘risk’ …

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Region profile: Insurance in Europe

In this article, we explore public sector insurance tenders in Europe. First, we look at how many tenders are being issued year by year by public sector bodies in Europe and their value. We then deep dive into some of the largest countries and show what the range of values and tender quantities these markets have. We have data on tenders …

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Country Profile: South Africa

South Africa is seeing an increased interest in public procurement owing to corruption and the role it plays in economic development. The question is: where can the most impact be made? As we can see from this graph, over the last three years, contracting has been increasing steadily with a dip in 2019. Buying tends to increase as the year goes …

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How closed is Malaysia? Country Profile: Malaysia

In the wake of the 1MBD scandal and the arrival of a new government, has any meaningful change occurred in Malaysia procurement?  The answer is complicated. Tenders have opened up in Malaysia to an extent, especially in there period FY18/19 when Spend Network found 654 tenders compared to almost nothing before. But this 654 tenders compares to over 50,000 from Contracts …

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The French Connection: public sector demand in France

In this article we’ll be looking at France’s public sector demand over the past 5 years to see what the largest categories are. From our data, the top 21 types of tenders coming from France over the past 5 years were as follows: Construction work, as with many other European countries, features prominently. Other recurring tender types include architectural services and …

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Building Europe, a Region Profile: Construction in Europe 2016 to mid 2019

For all its recent troubles, Europe is seeing growth in one sector: construction in the public sector. In this article, we explore the trends in the European public works sector.   An overview of Europe’s public sector construction market As we can see from the chart for the period from the beginning of 2016 to present the amount of tenders published …

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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 to challenge the decision. …

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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 basic rules around …

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