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It’s No Coincidence that Cyber News Is Hitting the Headlines Every Day
With the growth in adoption of technologies (like AI, cloud technology, IoT) to improve and speed up government facilities and services, whether local authorities providing online access to all sorts of records and forms, central government...
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AI public procurement platform secures investment

7 Nov 2019
A new UK-based public procurement platform, Stotles (from Aristotle), using cutting-edge tech to give a clear view of government tenders that are open to pitches has received investment from Seedcamp. The platform enables suppliers to follow indicators, track potential contract renewals, monitor...

Turkey pledges more transparency in public spending

7 Nov 2019
Following criticism that the country has become more secretive about how it spends taxpayer money, the Turkish government has pledged to reveal more details about public spending. A new website will publish spending and budget details. It will also publish the results of public tenders online. Read...

Social value is the latest frontier for public procurement and value for money

7 Nov 2019
Civil Service World has published an article on what social value means for the public sector. It explains how it interacts with the UN Sustainable Development Goals to compel commissioners and suppliers to widen their positive impacts through investment, transformation and regeneration, and that...

Businesses in NW England told Innovation is way to win public sector contracts

31 Oct 2019
Ambitious companies in the North West of England have been urged to increase their focus on public sector contracts to grow their businesses. Representatives of over 40 firms attended a supplier engagement event organised by Salford City Council, in conjunction with Bloom Procurement Services, and...
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It’s No Coincidence that Cyber News Is Hitting the Headlines Every Day

14 Oct 2019
With the growth in adoption of technologies (like AI, cloud technology, IoT) to improve and speed up government facilities and services, whether local authorities providing online access to all sorts of records and forms, central government providing digital marketplaces, departments of health...

Cybersecurity In Europe – State of the Market and Lack of Expert Skills

5 Sep 2019
In the Juniper 2017 report, The Future of Cybercrime & Security: Enterprise Threats & Mitigation 2017-2022, it forecasts that the number of personal data records stolen by cybercriminals will reach 5 billion in 2020. Criminal data breaches are expected to cost businesses about $8 trillion over the...

The Problem for Small and Local Suppliers – Barriers to Public Markets

29 Aug 2019
In a post this week, procurement advisory firm Odesma talked about what they believe to be some of the main challenges in public sector procurement that are preventing them from implementing innovation and efficiencies. One of them is ‘engaging local suppliers.’ “With Brexit a couple of...

More than 7m Separate Cyber Attacks on Small Businesses in 2 Years

8 Aug 2019
A recent report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) explains the results of a survey of 1,135 small businesses in the UK. Findings show that one-fifth said they have been the victim of cyber-attack in the past two years, which the research equates to nearly 10,000 cyber-attacks a day for...
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Social value is the latest frontier for public procurement and value for money

7 Nov 2019
Civil Service World has published an article on what social value means for the public sector. It explains how it interacts with the UN Sustainable Development Goals to compel commissioners and suppliers to widen their positive impacts through investment, transformation and regeneration, and that...

Ministry of Defence to access IT skills via £1.5bn framework

24 Oct 2019
The UK Ministry of Defence has plans to improve how it engages with the tech industry. It is setting up a new £1.5bn framework that will introduce a new mechanism to contracting technical skills. £300m a year will be spent over a three-to-five year period to select a number of suppliers onto a...

Five bold public contracting reforms to improve public services in five cities

17 Oct 2019
Five teams of public contracting reformers from Buenos Aires, Ecuador, Mexico City, Moldova, and New Orleans have been selected to participate in the inaugural Lift impact programme, the Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) and social impact firm Reboot. The year-long support programme is designed...

Navigating the Waste and Recycling Services Market

3 Oct 2019
Local Authorities (in the UK and elsewhere) will be looking to procure more waste and recycling services in the next few years as tighter regulations come into play. In the UK alone, DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) will be setting harder resources and waste strategy...

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Managing Director, Public Spend Forum Europe
Peter Smith is Director for Public Spend Forum in Europe and leads our work in that region. He is also Managing Editor of Spend Matters UK/ Europe and has been around procurement for 30 years as a manager, CPO and consultant. He was Procurement Director (CPO) for the UK's largest non-military government department in the 1990s, as well as holding that role in two major private sector firms, and was a non-executive director for two major public agencies. As a consultant he has advised government in the UK and more widely on procurement issues at the highest levels. He is a former President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and is a regular speaker at conferences and workshops. His first book, "Buying Professional Services", co-authored with Fiona Czerniawska, was published in June 2010 by The Economist Books.
Publishing Director, Public Spend Forum Europe
Nancy has 25 years of professional editorial and writing experience, including 15 years within the IT analyst publishing industry. She previously served as EMEA Head of Publishing for Gartner Inc. with responsibility for all client-facing analysis and reports, and prior to that as Managing Editor within the Dun & Bradstreet group. Most recently, she was Editorial Director for a technology PR firm. She has extensive experience of producing and authoring customer reference programmes, thought-leadership papers and newsletters. Nancy holds a BA (Honours) in Linguistics and Modern Languages.
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Head of Procurement, London South Bank University

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