First Open Source Knowledge Graph on European Public Procurement

19 Jul 2019
The ‘TheyBuyForYou’ project brings together researchers, innovators and public administrations from five European countries who are working on guidelines for procurement data visualisation. An international research team with open data specialists from the University of Southampton have...

Hungarian Payment Deadlines Among Strictest in the EU

18 Jul 2019
“Hungarian firms tend to determine increasingly strict deadlines, leading to many clients asking for delays, which may become a challenge for companies in case of an economic downturn, according to a report by debt management firm Intrum,” reports The Budapest Business Journal. In a recent...

How Effective Is Public Sector Procurement Really?

16 Jul 2019
Public sector procurement – we’re speaking generally and specifically in the UK (because that’s where our experience lies) – is difficult to measure in terms of success, or even effectiveness. Why is that? According to an article by Peter Smith, it’s partly because “so much of what...

Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement

11 Jul 2019
The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN on SP), is a group of 14 cities that have come together to accelerate the implementation of sustainable procurement worldwide through: setting ambitious, quantified targets on sustainable procurement, reporting on their achievements, and...

Bahrain and UK to Pilot AI Public Procurement Guidelines

4 Jul 2019
The World Economic Forum and the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) announced at the WEF Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China, that they will pilot new guidelines for the procurement of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the public sector, produced by the WEF Centre for the...

UK Government Must Report on Modern Slavery Prevention in Its Supply Chains

4 Jul 2019
Under the Modern Slavery Act, companies with a turnover of £36 million must publish statements about what they are doing to prevent modern slavery in their supply chains. Last December, at the G20 summit in Argentina, the UK Prime Minister revealed her plans to apply this to the public...

UK Police Forensics Cyber Attack Repercussions

27 Jun 2019
News spread this week about the UK police force supplier of forensics services being held to ransomware, and the subsequent suspension of their use by the police. The supplier now says everything is back to normal, but data breach repercussions can be lasting for the judicial system, including...

World Economic Forum Report on Gender Equality and Smart Procurement

27 Jun 2019
“Public procurement has emerged as a pioneering frontier for provision of jobs and opportunities, especially for women and other marginalised groups at most risk of exclusion from social and economic growth. Cities such as Amsterdam deliberately use public procurement to boost young people’s...