Information about The Commissioning Academy  
The Commissioning Academy – website.

Public Contracts Regulations 2015

Sustainable procurement: how to use MEAT award criteria under Public Procurement Directives 2014 (PDF)
Read the presentation from the European Commission on how to use MEAT award criteria under the new Public Procurement Directives. 

Delivering Savings, Better Outcomes and Growth – Using the new EU Procurement Rules
This guide provides a briefing for councillors and senior managers on some recent changes to the public procurement rules (the ‘EU rules') which will help councils and their partners respond boldly to the challenges which lie ahead.

Information about the new EU directives, or to book onto a face to face or e-learning course
Transposing EU procurement directives – website.

E-tendering Case studies

Joint e-tendering (PDF)


A new report, Making it Happen, sets out the key decisions, phases and critical elements of an e-invoicing programme including a step by step guide on how to implement it.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council (PDF, 2 pages, 203KB)

Essex County Council (PDF, 2 pages, 202KB)

Tower Hamlets Council (PDF, 2 pages, 200KB)

Download Stephen McPartland's report into Electronic invoicing: The next steps towards digital government (PDF, 28 pages, 287KB)

The UK National electronic-invoicing Forum (UKNeF) recently launched its Interoperability Charter and Public Sector Business Case. The Charter aims to provide assurance to those procuring e-invoicing (and other) online services that systems will interoperate; encourage service providers to interoperate more effectively; and help ensure that the UK is better prepared to meet the requirements of new EU legislation that will require Member States to interoperate.

LGA have been working with UKNeF to develop a business case for e-invoicing. This sets out a simple and accessible argument for authorities to use to help them to implement e-invoicing.

Public Sector e-Invoicing: Cutting Costs & Improving Service (PDF, 11Pgs, 932KB)

Taking a commercial approach case studies

Suffolk County Council has realised its ambition to take a more commercial approach. With the aims of being:

  • a smaller and more effective Council
  • putting a much greater emphasis on commissioning and have much lower levels of direct service provision
  • improving services whilst spending less money.

Suffolk County Council presentation on taking a commercial approach (MS Powerpoint, 624KB)


Find out about Nottingham City Council's innovative approach to commercialisation (PDF, 29 pages, 905KB)


The Institute for Government and Spend Network recently carried out some research to look at published transaction data (over £500 for local authorities) to work out which private companies received most government spend. LGA and NAG are in the process of analysing the spend in relation to local government in order to inform a national conversation with our biggest suppliers.
PDF on the Institute for Government and Spend Network website