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Linking Public Buyers with Suppliers of Innovation
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...
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What Boris Johnson Is Missing When He Talks About Procurement

11 Jul 2019
Boris Johnson – the UK PM front runner – said of Procurement that: “… he wanted to change public procurement rules which could see UK companies favoured when bidding for billions of pounds worth of Government work.” The very knowledgeable Pedro Telles, Senior Lecturer in Law at Swansea...

Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement

11 Jul 2019
The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN on SP), is a group of 14 cities that have come together to accelerate the implementation of sustainable procurement worldwide through: setting ambitious, quantified targets on sustainable procurement, reporting on their achievements, and...

Farmers Call for Food Trading System Complete Treasury Review

11 Jul 2019
At a UK Future Farmers seminar recently, the NFU president said: “There has got to be a complete review of the competition framework. It has to be done by the Treasury, it has to be serious and it has to be done in 12 months.” Britain’s food trading system is “unique” and...

Public Service Delivery Favoured Over Private Sector

11 Jul 2019
A study by E3M, an initiative developed and managed by Social Business International, surveyed, via Pollster YouGov, 2,062 UK adults from among the general public about their attitudes towards public service delivery. 84% of respondents were aware that public bodies such as local councils and the...
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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...

New Deloitte Perspective on Public Sector Tech Trends

9 May 2019
Deloitte asks what are the Tech Trends that could transform the public sector? UK Government and public services perspective looks at the story of technology trends and how it is inseparable from the story of the public sector. As technology evolves and public sector priorities grow broader and...

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...
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Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement

11 Jul 2019
The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN on SP), is a group of 14 cities that have come together to accelerate the implementation of sustainable procurement worldwide through: setting ambitious, quantified targets on sustainable procurement, reporting on their achievements, and...

Bahrain and UK to Pilot AI Public Procurement Guidelines

4 Jul 2019
The World Economic Forum and the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) announced at the WEF Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China, that they will pilot new guidelines for the procurement of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the public sector, produced by the WEF Centre for the...

UK Government Must Report on Modern Slavery Prevention in Its Supply Chains

4 Jul 2019
Under the Modern Slavery Act, companies with a turnover of £36 million must publish statements about what they are doing to prevent modern slavery in their supply chains. Last December, at the G20 summit in Argentina, the UK Prime Minister revealed her plans to apply this to the public...

UK Police Forensics Cyber Attack Repercussions

27 Jun 2019
News spread this week about the UK police force supplier of forensics services being held to ransomware, and the subsequent suspension of their use by the police. The supplier now says everything is back to normal, but data breach repercussions can be lasting for the judicial system, including...

World Economic Forum Report on Gender Equality and Smart Procurement

27 Jun 2019
“Public procurement has emerged as a pioneering frontier for provision of jobs and opportunities, especially for women and other marginalised groups at most risk of exclusion from social and economic growth. Cities such as Amsterdam deliberately use public procurement to boost young people’s...

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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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