Behaving commercially

We need to improve public service commissioning to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of government. This means improving the skills of public sector leaders so their teams can design service provision, influence external parties, and shape and manage markets to get the best outcomes.

Dynamic Procurement Systems

Read our guidance which aims to set out practical advice on what to consider when deciding on whether to use a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) and what to consider when implementing and running such a system.

DPS guidance final 
Appendix 1: DPS Survey (Public Sector Organisations)
Appendix 2: DPS Supplier Survey - for publishing
Appendix 3: DPS Checklist
Appendix 4: Analysis of Dynamic Purchasing Systems in UK

The Commissioning Academy

Information about The Commissioning Academy

Public Contracts Regulations 2015

Read the presentation from the European Commission on how to use MEAT award criteria under the new Public Procurement Directives.

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


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.



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.

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.



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