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More than 7m Separate Cyber Attacks on Small Businesses in 2 Years
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...
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Scottish Government Launches £30m Cloud Procurement Framework

8 Aug 2019
The Scottish government has published a new cloud procurement framework with 14 providers approved to bid for contracts estimated to be worth £30m – writes Government Computing. The new framework supersedes the government’s four-year Hosting Services Framework and has been designed to enable...

VR Adopted By All Three UK Military Services

1 Aug 2019
The armed forces may not be the first sector we think about when considering uses of Virtual Reality – gaming, film, construction purposes all come to mind. But VR is being used and has been adopted by UK military for training purposes for some time in all three services (army, navy and air...

Head of UK Government Investments To Chair MoD Equipment Agency

1 Aug 2019
Chief executive of UK Government Investments, Mark Russell, is leaving the post to chair the Ministry of Defence’s buying agency Defence Equipment & Support. He pledges to “partner more effectively with private sector suppliers” at the defence buying body. He said: “I am greatly looking...

Kazakhstan Bans State Procurement of Foreign Cars for Two Years

1 Aug 2019
The government of Kazakhstan adopted a decree which obliges the country’s authorities to buy passenger cars only from domestic manufacturers. “Goods produced by a legal entity of the Republic of Kazakhstan with a CT-KZ goods origin certificate are allowed to participate in public procurement....
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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...

VR Adopted By All Three UK Military Services

1 Aug 2019
The armed forces may not be the first sector we think about when considering uses of Virtual Reality – gaming, film, construction purposes all come to mind. But VR is being used and has been adopted by UK military for training purposes for some time in all three services (army, navy and air...

How Effective Is Public Sector Procurement Really?

16 Jul 2019
Public sector procurement – we’re speaking generally and specifically in the UK (because that’s where our experience lies) – is difficult to measure in terms of success, or even effectiveness. Why is that? According to an article by Peter Smith, it’s partly because “so much of what...

Linking Public Buyers with Suppliers of Innovation

28 Jun 2019
The Innovation Procurement Brokers (InnoBrokers) project, funded by the EU, helps public procurers to procure innovative goods and services by linking public buyers with innovative suppliers. Once introduced to SMEs and start-ups that are able to develop innovative solutions responding to their...
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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...

First Open Source Knowledge Graph on European Public Procurement

19 Jul 2019
The ‘TheyBuyForYou’ project brings together researchers, innovators and public administrations from five European countries who are working on guidelines for procurement data visualisation. An international research team with open data specialists from the University of Southampton have...

Hungarian Payment Deadlines Among Strictest in the EU

18 Jul 2019
“Hungarian firms tend to determine increasingly strict deadlines, leading to many clients asking for delays, which may become a challenge for companies in case of an economic downturn, according to a report by debt management firm Intrum,” reports The Budapest Business Journal. In a recent...

How Effective Is Public Sector Procurement Really?

16 Jul 2019
Public sector procurement – we’re speaking generally and specifically in the UK (because that’s where our experience lies) – is difficult to measure in terms of success, or even effectiveness. Why is that? According to an article by Peter Smith, it’s partly because “so much of what...

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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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