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Why the public sector should use frameworks to comply with IR35
This guest post comes from Romy Hughes, director at Brightman. Some aspects of the public sector, particularly those running IT transformation projects which rely so heavily on the flexibility of contractors, have been frustrated by the perceived...
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The UN environment programme

Feb 19, 2021
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is a “global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate...

UK public procurement fragmentation: green paper and frameworks

Feb 12, 2021
The UK government’s green paper Transforming public procurement “fails to live up to its title,” explains CIPS. Colin Cram, a consultant who was a founding member of the government’s Central Unit on Purchasing – a forerunner of the Efficiency and Reform Group — said the proposals...

Free training to help SMEs secure more future contracts

Feb 12, 2021
UK big transport firms, HS2, Highways England, Network Rail and Transport for London, have joined forces in encouraging SMEs to register for free training courses designed to improve their prospects of meeting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) supply chain requirements and help them secure...
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Speeding up the payment of public contracts

Jan 15, 2021
Erica Bosio, a researcher at the World Bank Group, Greta Polo, a private sector development analyst at the World Bank and Vinay Sharma, global director of solutions and innovations in procurement at the World Bank’s governance global practice give their take on how to speed up the payment of...

New UK Army ‘Bug’ Drones Can Spy on Targets 1.25 Miles Away

Dec 30, 2020
The emergence of drone use in the public sector has initiated many new and creative uses for this technology, ranging from utilization in ports and shipping to agricultural use to assist in emergency responses. Read more about the increasing use of drones in a variety of public sector fields and...

Bad Buying – What are the Root Causes in the Government Sector?

Oct 2, 2020
Last year, the Irish government bought a state-of-the-art digital printer, one of the most advanced pieces of machinery of its type in the world. Unfortunately, once it arrived in Dublin it became clear that there was a problem. Sadly, the printer was simply too large to fit into the building where...

Procurement Excellence Awards – CIPS honours more public sector bodies

Sep 18, 2020
CIPS – as many will know – is the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, a global professional body working for purchasing and supply professions. It represents a global community of over 200,000 professionally recognised and qualified members, with other leading business people,...

What are the procurement lessons from the coronavirus pandemic?

Aug 13, 2020
PSF welcomes this guest article from Romy Hughes, director at Brightman. In the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic there was a sense of determination and “Blitz spirit” as the UK pulled together to beat the virus. We were painting rainbows on our windows, applauding our heroes and...
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Free training to help SMEs secure more future contracts

Feb 12, 2021
UK big transport firms, HS2, Highways England, Network Rail and Transport for London, have joined forces in encouraging SMEs to register for free training courses designed to improve their prospects of meeting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) supply chain requirements and help them secure...

Transparency International releases latest Corruption Perceptions Index

Feb 5, 2021
2020’s Corruption Perceptions Index is out. The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople using a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. While most countries have...

Scottish Environment Protection Agency loses data to cyber criminals

Jan 22, 2021
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has revealed that it was held to ransom by ‘serious and organised’ cyber criminals. Sources, including the BBC, reported that cyber criminals stole thousands of digital files belonging to the environmental regulator, amounting to about 1.2GB of...

NHS Wales to join the drive for adoption of GS1 standards

Jan 15, 2021
GS1 UK is a community of more than 42,000 members working in areas such as retail, foodservice and healthcare. It is one of 115 independent, not-for-profit GS1 organisations operating across 150 countries worldwide. It helps everyone involved in making, moving and trading goods to automate and...

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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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