As the European arm of Public Spend Forum, we are on a mission, an important one, to create an “open, efficient and innovation-driven public sector market.” Why? So we can help government and suppliers better work together to solve problems and use our taxpayer dollars, pounds, euros or other currency in the best manner possible.
The fact is, the public sector market may be one of the most closed markets in the world, with significant barriers to entry and massive knowledge and information asymmetries. Insufficient information on what government customers need, or a lack of knowledge of supplier capabilities, can lead to ineffective and costly relationships for both government and suppliers. Add to that a costly process and an environment where avoiding failure at ANY cost is better than smart risk-taking, we are stuck in a cycle of never ending reforms. Our goal is to drive a long-term sustainable change.