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Why are there so many permanent consultants in the public sector?
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...
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European single data market

27 Feb 2020
The European Commission is planning a single European market for data, in hopes that by pooling talent, the region can compete with Big Tech in Silicon Valley and China, according to PYMNTS.com. Evolving data policies and regulation point towards a single market across Europe. Final proposals and...

CBI says UK construction industry business model not fit for purpose

27 Feb 2020
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has warned that the British construction industry is facing a crucial period where thin profit margins and an ageing workforce will clash with high demand for construction. In the demand for construction there is widespread awareness of the need for...

World’s first EU-compliant office suite launched

21 Feb 2020
Global supplier of IT-infrastructure cloud services, City Network, has launched Compliant Office, an office collaboration and productivity tool with built-in regulatory compliance. It includes e-mail, team chat, calendars and documents, and is based in and operated in Europe and governed solely...

Scotland’s Programme helps more businesses win Government contracts

13 Feb 2020
Alongside the Scottish Government’s Supplier Development Programme (SDP), Moray Council’s procurement team has been holding training workshops to help local businesses secure more public sector contracts. A diverse set of businesses have attended, who said in a post-event survey that their...
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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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Scotland’s Programme helps more businesses win Government contracts

13 Feb 2020
Alongside the Scottish Government’s Supplier Development Programme (SDP), Moray Council’s procurement team has been holding training workshops to help local businesses secure more public sector contracts. A diverse set of businesses have attended, who said in a post-event survey that their...

An example of public buying social return on investment (SROI)

13 Feb 2020
Bloom Procurement Services has become the first organisation of its kind to be awarded level two of the Social Value Certificate, which is accredited by Social Value UK, the national network for social impact and value which is also a member of the global network Social Value International. The...

Open contracting and the EU in 2020: What to expect

30 Jan 2020
Open Contracting Partnership expects 2020 to be a year of great strides towards opening up public procurement across the EU. “Even a slight shift of 1% in efficiency would save the EU around EUR 20 billion per year,” it says. The European Commission (and member states) will be laying out a...

Buying Professional Services – Tips from the Experts

28 Jan 2020
Brightman is a UK-based consultancy specialising in change management – but with a difference. What they focus on is people. In their own words: “We help organisations manage the most difficult part of any change, the people. Many organisations think that changing technology automatically...

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...

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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.
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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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