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MSDUK calls on public sector to make supplier diversity key in wake of BLM movement
An organisation which champions supplier diversity and inclusion of ethnic minority businesses in both public and private sector supply chains has called on the public sector to do more to make supplier diversity a key part of their core strategy....
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Are Drones in Ports and Shipping: the next big market for the industry?

30 Jul 2020
An article in dronelife asks whether drones in ports and shipping are the next big market for the drone industry, as the UK’s Associated British Ports (ABP) moves from a drone pilot programme to drone operations. The ABP, PwC, Aerodyne Group project to use drones to bring value to asset and...

Flaws in UK government’s procurement of personal protective equipment

29 Jul 2020
Supply Management has highlighted a report that says there were “fundamental flaws” in the UK government’s procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE), according to MPs. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said in a report on the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak that...

Some lessons for construction and public procurement from Covid-19

16 Jul 2020
The rapid construction of seven covid-19 specialist ‘Nightingale’ hospitals in the UK, including at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham built in just two weeks, has lessons about how a crisis-triggered event and the mindset behind the construction should apply to all projects, in good...
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The answer to a better nation is supplier inclusion

26 Jun 2020
Two procurement experts, Spend Matters founder Jason Busch and COO/GM ConnXus Daryl Hammett, have pooled their knowledge and experience, of how organisations from all sectors spend their money, to create a new paper that explains how we can approach supplier diversity in procurement to create...

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...
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Flaws in UK government’s procurement of personal protective equipment

29 Jul 2020
Supply Management has highlighted a report that says there were “fundamental flaws” in the UK government’s procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE), according to MPs. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said in a report on the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak that...

CIPS and ITN Productions launch ‘Supply, Support and Sustain’

9 Jul 2020
The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) and ITN Productions are co-creating a unique news-style content series ‘Supply, Support and Sustain,’ exploring the challenges, opportunities and innovations taking place in the changing landscape of the global procurement and supply...

An SME guide to securing government contracts

2 Jul 2020
Working with the government can be lucrative for SMEs, but ecuring government contracts still isn’t easy, despite the UK government’s policy to award contracts as often as possible to smaller businesses. It has stated an aim to reach 33% of all procurement going to SMEs by 2022. Businesses...

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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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