Public Spend Forum | Europe

Digital transformation of the public sector starts with controlling the supply chain
For a number of decades many parts of the public sector were encouraged to outsource their IT services to third parties. As a result, many of these departments are largely beholden to outsourcers for the delivery of many of their long-term goals,...
Be Great At What You Do
Public Spend Forum is the only global knowledge network and community platform focused on public procurement, government contracting, and the public sector market.
Europe News

Public buyers urged to prepare for Find a Tender

Dec 3, 2020
UK public sector buyers will be required to publish notices for procurements to the new UK e-notification service Find a Tender (FTS) from 11pm on Dec. 31, 2020. In a Procurement Policy Note (PPN), the Cabinet Office said public sector buyers must use FTS rather than European public procurement...

UK review urges mandatory transparency on use of algorithms in public sector

Dec 3, 2020
The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI), a panel that advises the UK government on artificial intelligence and data-driven technology, has said public bodies should be required to publish information on how the decision to use an algorithm was made, the type of algorithm used, how it was...

UK Government creates £1bn deal to buy direct from major software vendors

Nov 20, 2020
The UK government is creating a £1bn-plus framework to allow organisations across the public sector to buy a comprehensive range of back-office software tools direct from major vendors. The framework, which will be worth an estimated £1.2bn, is due come into effect in April 2021 and will last for...
Articles and Perspectives

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...
Best Practices

The Sustainable Procurement Pledge turns one

Nov 20, 2020
The Sustainable Procurement Pledge (SPP) is now a year old — it began as a community of like-minded procurement people from industry, academia and third sector who are committed to embedding sustainability into their procurement practices — and its ranks are growing. More than 2000 procurement...

UK shipbuilding boosted by warship procurement

Oct 22, 2020
UK Defence Secretary has announced that vital warships providing supplies and technical support to the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers will made by British-led teams. A competition to build three Fleet Solid Support warships – which will launch in Spring 2021 – will help revitalise British...

Featured Members

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

Hightlight From Our Network

Featured Insights