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EU Commission proposes new regulation for sustainable batteries

Apr 9, 2021
In December 2020, the European Commission published its proposal for a new Sustainable Batteries Regulation (“Regulation“), as part of its wider strategy for a climate-neutral, resource-efficient EU economy. The draft legislative proposal aims to ensure that all batteries placed on the EU...

European Commission presents actions to boost organic production

Mar 26, 2021
The European Commission has presented an Action Plan for the development of organic production which is designed to provide the fast-growing organic sector with the tools it needs to achieve a target of 25% of agricultural land under organic farming by 2030. The plan puts forward 23 actions...

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...

Roadmap lays out public sector AI priorities

Jan 15, 2021
The AI Council, an independent expert committee set up by the UK Government, says the public sector should be a priority area for AI innovation, which could be harnessed to improve services and policy making. In its new AI Roadmap report, it urges the UK Government to give civil servants a central...

How to Bid on Government Contracts: Reviewing Government Solicitations

Jan 13, 2021
Unless you have a small army of business development professionals on your payroll, you can’t pursue all the government solicitations that match your capabilities. You need to make smart decisions about where to invest your limited resources to give your company the best chance to succeed without...

Why the public sector should use frameworks to comply with IR35

Jan 11, 2021
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 block on this flexibility by IR35. But they...

Top 7 Virtual Public Spend Forum Events of 2020

Jan 5, 2021
The spread of the novel coronavirus in 2020 has proved to be a complex and costly issue for many areas of the public sector. Despite the challenges of 2020, Public Spend Forum continued to provide quality learning content in the public procurement space. Make sure that you didn’t miss any of the...