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Social Value in UK Public Procurement
Peter Smith recently spent a stimulating morning at a round-table discussion with Demos, one of the more thoughtful political “think tanks” in the UK (cross-party from a political standpoint, innovative and research-driven). He writes: While the...
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Troubled Interserve Awarded £660m in Contracts Prior To Collapse

21 Mar 2019
In the run up to its collapse, UK government key contractor was handed £660m worth of public contracts. “Rehana Azam, the national secretary of the GMB, said the Interserve case showed how ‘obsessed’ with outsourcing the government had become. ‘Awarding hundreds of millions in taxpayer...

More Reciprocity Called For in European Public Sector Contracts  

21 Mar 2019
New rules that would make it harder for Chinese companies to win public sector contracts in Europe are being called for by European heads of government. Draft conclusions, seen by POLITICO, calls on the EU to kickstart internal negotiations on a new law that would enforce “reciprocity” in...

Procurement Reforms Failed To Increase Contracts Going to Smaller Companies

21 Mar 2019
Despite procurement reforms, Scotland’s small companies have seen little impact on the number of public sector contracts they receive, a new report reveals. The report said: “While most parts of the public sector say supporting SMEs is a priority, there’s an absence of specific objectives,...

HSJ Partnership Award Winners Announced

21 Mar 2019
The 2019 HSJ Partnership Award recognises organisations for the outstanding work they are doing in partnership with the NHS. The winners have been announced and include PwC and North Bristol Trust, and Zilico Ltd and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust. The awards are designed to...

Green Public Procurement Training Programme in 11 European Countries

21 Mar 2019
ICLEI Europe, on behalf of the European Commission, is coordinating training on Green Public Procurement (GPP) across eleven European countries, including Cyprus, Latvia, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Estonia, and Lithuania. The objective of this programme is to support a...
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Social Value in UK Public Procurement

11 Mar 2019
Peter Smith recently spent a stimulating morning at a round-table discussion with Demos, one of the more thoughtful political “think tanks” in the UK (cross-party from a political standpoint, innovative and research-driven). He writes: While the broad topic was supposed to be “public...

The Court of Justice of the European Union: Three Interesting Judgements

21 Feb 2019
The EU Court of Justice’s public procurement year of 2018 is remembered in an article by Kilpatrick Townsend attorneys, which outlines interesting judgements from the court. It summaries three judgements that it believes “are of great interest for future procurements. With all certainty, they...

Advice on Bidding for UK Public Sector Contracts – Insight from the Experts

4 Feb 2019
Thornton & Lowe has been training organisations to bid for public sector (and private) contracts across the UK for 10 years. It supports over 400 tenders every year and boasts a 75% win rate, with 90% of those in the Public Sector. Founder, Dave Thornton, has a background in EU procurement,...

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....
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Interview With Ingrid De Doncker, Founder of Procure 2 Innovate (Ireland)

21 Mar 2019
Procure 2 Innovate Project (P2I) connects competence centres for innovation procurement across Europe. Newly created Procurement Transformation Institute (PTI) has interviewed Ingrid de Doncker, founder of PTI (Ireland), on the Irish context of Innovation procurement, the role of the newly...

Social Value in UK Public Procurement

11 Mar 2019
Peter Smith recently spent a stimulating morning at a round-table discussion with Demos, one of the more thoughtful political “think tanks” in the UK (cross-party from a political standpoint, innovative and research-driven). He writes: While the broad topic was supposed to be “public...

Online Bidding Phishing Schemes Targeting U.S. Government Contractors

28 Feb 2019
Not European news but a lesson for us all – Security Boulevard tells of a couple of phishing schemes that are currently (end February 2019) targeting contractors who do business with two US federal government agencies. Researchers have found that the server hosting the (in one case the...

Public Sector Bodies Recognised For Counter-Fraud Efforts

14 Feb 2019
A number of public sector organisations have been recognised for their efforts in tackling fraud, which is estimated to cost the UK government between £31bn and £49bn every year. Winner of the ‘excellence in fraud prevention’ category was the HMRC for its ‘tackling alcohol at source’...

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

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