Interview With Ingrid De Doncker, Founder of Procure 2 Innovate (Ireland)

21 Mar 2019
Procure 2 Innovate Project (P2I) connects competence centres for innovation procurement across Europe. Newly created Procurement Transformation Institute (PTI) has interviewed Ingrid de Doncker, founder of PTI (Ireland), on the Irish context of Innovation procurement, the role of the newly...

Social Value in UK Public Procurement

11 Mar 2019
Peter Smith recently spent a stimulating morning at a round-table discussion with Demos, one of the more thoughtful political “think tanks” in the UK (cross-party from a political standpoint, innovative and research-driven). He writes: While the broad topic was supposed to be “public...

Online Bidding Phishing Schemes Targeting U.S. Government Contractors

28 Feb 2019
Not European news but a lesson for us all – Security Boulevard tells of a couple of phishing schemes that are currently (end February 2019) targeting contractors who do business with two US federal government agencies. Researchers have found that the server hosting the (in one case the...

Public Sector Bodies Recognised For Counter-Fraud Efforts

14 Feb 2019
A number of public sector organisations have been recognised for their efforts in tackling fraud, which is estimated to cost the UK government between £31bn and £49bn every year. Winner of the ‘excellence in fraud prevention’ category was the HMRC for its ‘tackling alcohol at source’...

Advice on Bidding for UK Public Sector Contracts – Insight from the Experts

4 Feb 2019
Thornton & Lowe has been training organisations to bid for public sector (and private) contracts across the UK for 10 years. It supports over 400 tenders every year and boasts a 75% win rate, with 90% of those in the Public Sector. Founder, Dave Thornton, has a background in EU procurement,...

CIPS Qualifications Restructured for ‘More Agile and Creative Thinkers’

31 Jan 2019
A review of The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) qualifications has been launched. The institute has reviewed and restructured its qualifications to develop more agile and creative thinkers, focused on strategy and relationship building, it says. “Following a review of the CIPS...

EMCOR – First in Sector to Achieve Sustainable Procurement Standard

24 Jan 2019
Facilities management provider, EMCOR UK, announced this week that it had achieved conformity to the new international standard ISO 20400 for sustainable procurement – the first facilities management provider to do so. We wrote about the ISO 20400 standard here when we talked to London...