Scotland’s Programme helps more businesses win Government contracts

13 Feb 2020
Alongside the Scottish Government’s Supplier Development Programme (SDP), Moray Council’s procurement team has been holding training workshops to help local businesses secure more public sector contracts. A diverse set of businesses have attended, who said in a post-event survey that their...

An example of public buying social return on investment (SROI)

13 Feb 2020
Bloom Procurement Services has become the first organisation of its kind to be awarded level two of the Social Value Certificate, which is accredited by Social Value UK, the national network for social impact and value which is also a member of the global network Social Value International. The...

Open contracting and the EU in 2020: What to expect

30 Jan 2020
Open Contracting Partnership expects 2020 to be a year of great strides towards opening up public procurement across the EU. “Even a slight shift of 1% in efficiency would save the EU around EUR 20 billion per year,” it says. The European Commission (and member states) will be laying out a...

Buying Professional Services – Tips from the Experts

28 Jan 2020
Brightman is a UK-based consultancy specialising in change management – but with a difference. What they focus on is people. In their own words: “We help organisations manage the most difficult part of any change, the people. Many organisations think that changing technology automatically...

Why are there so many permanent consultants in the public sector?

24 Jan 2020
We are delighted to feature this guest post from one of our readers, Romy Hughes, director at change management consultancy, Brightman. If you have primarily worked in the private sector, one thing that will stand out if you ever switch over to the public sector will be the sheer number of...

Phishing most common reason cited for cyber data breaches in UK

16 Jan 2020
Intelligent cyber security awareness platform CybSafe conducted research into the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) data on security breaches between 2017 and 2019. It found that in 2019 UK organisations reported more cyber security breaches to the ICO than ever before, even though with...

Measuring sustainability down the construction supply chain – the PQQ

9 Jan 2020
An article on LocalGov, from the University of Surrey, explores whether the PQQ can be considered a valuable tool for managing sustainability in the supply chain. It considers sustainability data captured down the supply chain, from public and private sector clients down to raw material suppliers....

Implementing robotics and RPA in the public sector

12 Dec 2019
Experts from Convedo tell Consultancy.uk how RPA can benefit the public sector. Because government departmental work requires a high level of non-strategic tasks like data entry, data collection, validation, and repetitive consolidation-type processes, automation, in the shape RPA, could rectify...

Digitalisation of the NHS – Cyber security in the healthcare supply chain

5 Dec 2019
Orpheus – the UK government-accredited cyber threat intelligence company – has produced a paper on cyber security risk in the supply chain of the National Health Service (NHS). It looks at key findings on leaked credentials, suppliers at risk, gives average vulnerability scores of companies it...

The first principle of procurement – get your specification right!

5 Dec 2019
A fast-track inquiry is being held into a spending controversy surrounding the purchase of a printer, to be reported to the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee in Ireland. Legislature of Ireland officials spent €808,000 on a state-of-the-art Komori printer. But upon arrival its dimensions proved...

Evolving the network platform: why closure of CAS(T) matters

20 Nov 2019
We welcome this guest post by Des Ward, director at Innopsis, the trade association for suppliers of digital infrastructure and services to the UK public sector? The recent announcement from the National Cyber Security Centre regarding the closure of the security assurance standard CESG Assured...

Seven European cities pilot solutions to be more circular

14 Nov 2019
CityLoops is a new EU-funded project focusing on organic, and construction and demolition waste. The project will develop a series of innovative procedures, approaches and open access and open source tools to embed circularity within planning and decision-making processes for construction and...