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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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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...

How to buy robots: WEF guidelines for government AI procurement

17 Oct 2019
Government bodies need to take a special approach to procurement when it comes to artificial intelligence, according to the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. WEF, the global network focused on technology governance, says traditional “public-sector procurement...

Understanding the Gender Pay Gap in the UK Public Sector

10 Oct 2019
The UK Government has released a report looking into the gender pay gap in the public sector. It analyses the size and possible causes of the pay gap and finds that the gap is larger in the public sector than in the private and that a much higher pay gap exists at the top end of the earnings...
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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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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...

Governments Buying AI Intelligently – New Guidelines

2 Oct 2019
The World Economic Forum has issued guidelines to help governments procure artificial intelligence. They have been co-designed by WEF’s artificial intelligence and machine learning team and the UK government’s Office of AI along with Deloitte, Salesforce and Splunk. Government and private...

Key to Understanding the Public Procurement Process and Compete for Projects

5 Sep 2019
Market intelligence solutions provider SpendEdge has recently published an article for any firm wanting to better understand the public procurement process when competing for work. It highlights six key steps to follow including: requirement identification, scope of the procurement, determining the...

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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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