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The UK National Health Service Can’t Find a Chief Commercial Officer – Why?
Peter Smith reflects on the complexity of hiring a CCO for the NHS. Last Autumn, the biggest procurement (commercial) role in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) was advertised. Without going into a lot of arcane detail, two huge governance /...
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MoD Criticised Over International Ship Building Procurement

23 May 2019
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) is facing criticism over the way it is procuring new ships to back up the Royal Navy’s giant aircraft carriers (and in its invitation to foreign firms to bid for a contract to build shops for the Royal Navy). It has already suffered a blow to its...

Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act – CIOB Response

23 May 2019
The UK Home Office has just published its “Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015: Final Report.” The construction industry, having been highlighted by the National Crime Agency as one of the most common sectors for labour exploitation in the UK owing to its ‘aggressive business...

Benefits, Not Cost, Should Be Key Focus of Major Infrastructure Projects

23 May 2019
More emphasis should be made on the whole-life benefits of major infrastructure projects than cost, says a new Institute for Civil Engineers (ICE) policy report. The report looks at how the built environment sector can reduce the gap between cost estimates and outturns for major infrastructure...

New Innovation Procurement Platform Launched!

23 May 2019
The Innovation Procurement Platform has had a face-lift giving it a new, more modern design to help encourage more innovation in the European public sector. It provides public procurers and policy-makers with a go-to place for all the latest news and resources on innovation procurement. Public...
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The UK National Health Service Can’t Find a Chief Commercial Officer – Why?

26 Apr 2019
Peter Smith reflects on the complexity of hiring a CCO for the NHS. Last Autumn, the biggest procurement (commercial) role in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) was advertised. Without going into a lot of arcane detail, two huge governance / best practice / management bodies that oversee much...

Buying as One: Category Management Lessons from the United Kingdom

2 Apr 2019
This IBM report is good reference material for category management best practice for government. Category Management was adopted as a purchasing strategy in the 1980s by the private sector, particularly retail and manufacturing. Essentially it was putting similar types of spend into...

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,...
Best Practices

International Conference: Challenges in Sustainable Public Procurement

23 May 2019
The Public Procurement Authority of Hungary has organised an international conference on “Challenges in Sustainable Public Procurements.” To consider the importance of international knowledge sharing, the representatives of the V4 countries, as well as international public procurement experts,...

EU Member States Unique Paths Into the Circular Economy

9 May 2019
The magazine for Europe’s plastic processors, eppm, writes that EU member states are gaining traction towards a waste-free economy. An overview for all EU member states reveals 28 different paths towards the circular economy with inspiring best practices. Their roadmaps include an accompanying...

Government Crackdown on Late Payers Who Breach the Prompt Payment Code

2 May 2019
The UK Government has taken a firm hand with firms that have consistently broken the Prompt Payment Code and they have been removed or suspended from the late payment scheme for failing to comply. The Prompt Payment Code was established as a voluntary scheme which firms sign up to as part of a...

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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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