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Fix police procurement and you fix police tech
We are delighted to hear from Simon Hall, CEO at PoliceBox. Policing has increasingly become the front-end or the “sharp-edge” of the whole range of social services available to the community. This is because police officers are often the very...
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Local UK procurement shakeup to tackle construction SMEs’ recession fears

21 May 2020
A regional shakeup of procurement expertise for local authorities and housing associations in England is aiming to help councils and construction SMEs avoid some of the worst economic inequalities post coronavirus. The London Housing Consortium is placing emphasis on highly localised procurement...

Covid-19: lessons from Italy on public-private healthcare procurement

14 May 2020
  An article from the collaboration between The European Sting with the World Economic Forum explains how the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown into sharp focus the shortcomings of public-private healthcare procurement systems. This crisis presents an opportunity to learn and to reshape these...
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Why are there so many permanent consultants in the public sector?

24 Jan 2020
We are delighted to feature this guest post from one of our readers, Romy Hughes, director at change management consultancy, Brightman. If you have primarily worked in the private sector, one thing that will stand out if you ever switch over to the public sector will be the sheer number of...

Evolving the network platform: why closure of CAS(T) matters

20 Nov 2019
We welcome this guest post by Des Ward, director at Innopsis, the trade association for suppliers of digital infrastructure and services to the UK public sector? The recent announcement from the National Cyber Security Centre regarding the closure of the security assurance standard CESG Assured...

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...
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Tradeshift-enabled government trade finance programme launches

6 May 2020
European fintech specialising in supply chain payments, Tradeshift, is working with the Danish Export Credit Agency (EKF) to open up much-needed liquidity to businesses in Denmark through a technology-driven supply chain financing model. Under this Danish initiative banks will be encouraged to...

Fix police procurement and you fix police tech

16 Apr 2020
We are delighted to hear from Simon Hall, CEO at PoliceBox. Policing has increasingly become the front-end or the “sharp-edge” of the whole range of social services available to the community. This is because police officers are often the very first point of contact for a vulnerable individual...

Cross-sector working to realise the potential of new technologies

5 Mar 2020
In 2017 the UK government launched the Industrial Strategy, setting out its four “grand challenges” and specific objectives to put the UK “at the forefront of the industries of the future” and stimulate innovation. The objectives are: to harness the power of innovation to help meet 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.
Procurement Professional and Company Director, London Universities Purchasing Consortium
Head of Procurement, London South Bank University

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