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Procurement Excellence Awards – CIPS honours more public sector bodies
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...
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Inflated PPE prices costing local councils millions

Sep 18, 2020
A local UK news outlet, ECHO, has reported that its investigation revealed huge hikes in the price of PPE across councils costing them millions as they scrambled for equipment to protect people from coronavirus. Suppliers raised prices well above pre-pandemic levels, it said, adding to council’s...

Lift Procurement Barriers for SMEs

Sep 18, 2020
A new paper from the Federation of Small Businesses for Wales called “A Fresh Start for Public Procurement” has made a number of recommendations for a proactive SME procurement policy. Business News Wales reports: “SMEs make a huge difference to our Welsh economy, and so does making the...

Gov UK – New service to open overseas markets for UK businesses

Sep 11, 2020
The UK government has launched a new online service to make it easier for British businesses to trade globally. Barriers encountered include unnecessary, legal, regulatory or administrative requirements which includes labelling restrictions, out-of-date regulations and licensing requirements. This...

London councils to share technology procurement platform

Sep 11, 2020
Currently, 90% of London’s public sector IT contracts are held by just 15 suppliers. A new technology procurement platform will help all 33 local councils in London diversify their IT supplier portfolios. Technology providers now have access to a platform which puts all IT contracts across...

AI4Cities Bootcamp – Still time to participate

Sep 10, 2020
Tomorrow September 11, just before midnight, is the final deadline for you to register to participate in the ‘Get Ready- AI4Cities Bootcamp’ to take place on September 23 and 24. AI4Cities (with Industryhack and participating countries) is running a coaching bootcamp for startups, SMEs and...
Articles and Perspectives

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...

The answer to a better nation is supplier inclusion

Jun 26, 2020
Two procurement experts, Spend Matters founder Jason Busch and COO/GM ConnXus Daryl Hammett, have pooled their knowledge and experience, of how organisations from all sectors spend their money, to create a new paper that explains how we can approach supplier diversity in procurement to create...
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Lift Procurement Barriers for SMEs

Sep 18, 2020
A new paper from the Federation of Small Businesses for Wales called “A Fresh Start for Public Procurement” has made a number of recommendations for a proactive SME procurement policy. Business News Wales reports: “SMEs make a huge difference to our Welsh economy, and so does making the...

London councils to share technology procurement platform

Sep 11, 2020
Currently, 90% of London’s public sector IT contracts are held by just 15 suppliers. A new technology procurement platform will help all 33 local councils in London diversify their IT supplier portfolios. Technology providers now have access to a platform which puts all IT contracts across...

AI & Military Procurement: what computers still can’t do

Aug 21, 2020
An article in ‘War on the Rocks’ gives some advice on avoiding fielding AI prematurely, the risks it carries and offers guidelines for the military procurement of AI. “Not all artificial intelligence (AI) is made equal,” it says. “A wide range of different techniques and applications fall...

Buying artificial intelligence – a guide from the WEF

Aug 13, 2020
As part of the World Economic Forum’s ‘Shaping the Future of Technology Governance: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Platform’ project, the WEF is co-designing guidelines for the responsible and effective procurement of artificial intelligence by governments to better meet the...

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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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