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The Scale and Nature of UK Public Contracting: Recommendations For All Government Levels
UK think tank, The Institute for Government (IfG) aims is to help make government work and perform more effectively. It carries out research and analysis, delivers commentary and holds public events to explore the key challenges facing government in...
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Late Payments Shake Up In Spotlight Again

17 Jan 2019
Much in the UK news this week – as it marks the first anniversary of Carillion’s collapse – on The Public Sector Supply Chains (Project Bank Accounts) Bill, which has its second reading in March. Head of public affairs & public policy at the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians says...

Cabinet Office Late Payments Almost Triple Since 2016 

17 Jan 2019
In a week when late payments has hit the UK spotlight again, CITY A.M. reports that “The number of businesses receiving late payments from the Cabinet Office (CO) has nearly tripled in the last two years, despite the department imposing tough new rules on its own contractors who pay suppliers...

Malta – Government Refuses To Publish €274m Contract

17 Jan 2019
Since reporting on ‘a five-fold increase in the value of the original tender,’ in relation to Malta’s St Vincent de Paul Residence, we read this week in the Times of Malta that “The government has again insisted on refusing a request to publish a multi-million public contract (involving...

Procurement Excellence Award for Ministry of Justice

17 Jan 2019
The Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Procurement Excellence Programme is a globally recognised award demonstrating how well organisations are performing with their procurement and supply chain activities. The Ministry of Justice (one of the UK’s largest government...

Changes for Government Suppliers Post Brexit

17 Jan 2019
PYMNTS writes this week that “In the case of a no-deal Brexit, opportunities for suppliers to land contracts with the U.K. government may not be advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union, where such EU deals are listed. The U.K. plans to launch a separate electronic service...
Articles and Perspectives

5 Reasons You Should Take a Job in Public Sector Procurement

8 Jan 2019
A Look at Why You Should Leave the Private Sector and Take a Job in Public Sector Procurement or Acquisition It’s no secret that private sector consulting is a lucrative field. For a lot of people in the industry, it seems like “the top,” that lofty goal they’re always striving to reach....

IT Public Procurement Predictions 2019

3 Jan 2019
Computer World UK is running an interesting post on IT analysts’ public sector technology predictions for 2019. “The government will need to ensure that its IT systems can cope with any outcome of Brexit,” it says. “Brexit will lead to the increase in the number of UK central government...

Why Move from Private to Public Sector? There Are Many Good Reasons

11 Dec 2018
As we enter the end of the year, we’ve been reflecting on the subjects that have filled our pages. We hope you’ll agree that there’s been some pretty good content, from regular short, sharp, current news stories, to articles and perspectives. We’ve covered topical and current affairs issues...

State of Flux SRM Report Published – and UK Government Recognises SRM Value

19 Nov 2018
State of Flux has launched the latest edition of their SRM (supplier relationship management) report. This has become a regular and valuable report over the past ten years, coming from the consulting firm that has really made the SRM space pretty much their own (in the way that Future Purchasing...
Best Practices

North America and Europe Included in Top Performers in Anti-Corruption Efforts

10 Jan 2019
A new EcoVadis study, “The Fight Against Corruption: Insights Into Ethical Performance in Global Supply Chains,” considers issues around corruption, such as abuse of power, bribery, conflict of interest, fraud and money laundering, and how prepared companies are to address it. The report...

Enter the Sustainable, Circular and Innovative Public Procurement Awards

19 Dec 2018
For a few years now we have been helping to promote the EcoProcura conference series, which started in 1998 as a forum to exchange dialogue on the latest strategies and practical solutions for sustainable, circular and innovative public procurement. It now brings together more than 400 procurers,...

GPP Helpdesk Webinar – Purchasing Green Cleaning Products and Services

6 Dec 2018
December 18th at 14:00 CET (15.00 GMT). This is the second of two Webinars organised as part of the European Commission’s Helpdesk service on Green Public Procurement (GPP). This is a forum for stakeholders in public sector procurement to learn about important new developments in the resources...

Ghent Wins European Sustainability Award

22 Nov 2018
Sustainable Cities Platform has announced the winner of the Transformative Action Award, 2018. The award is for current or concluded Transformative Actions that use the pathways of the Basque Declaration related to three categories: socio-cultural transformation, socio-economic transformation...

State of Flux SRM Report Published – and UK Government Recognises SRM Value

19 Nov 2018
State of Flux has launched the latest edition of their SRM (supplier relationship management) report. This has become a regular and valuable report over the past ten years, coming from the consulting firm that has really made the SRM space pretty much their own (in the way that Future Purchasing...

Featured Members

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.
Procurement Professional and Company Director, London Universities Purchasing Consortium
Head of Procurement, London South Bank University

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