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United States

Researchers Confirm Shift in COVID-19 Testing Needed as Country Reopens

Aug 4, 2020
A recent Science Magazine article discusses the radical shift in COVID-19 testing needed to reopen schools and businesses. While the country increased testing throughout the summer, we have not be able to mitigate spread effectively. “Diagnostics experts, public health officials, and...

FDA Approved Suppliers of COVID-19 Testing Kits

May 12, 2020
As the country continues to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, testing remains one of the keys to mitigating the virus and reopening the economy.  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been rapidly reviewing and approving Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) in order to ensure adequate...

PSF CEO on NBC Washington Discusses Efforts to Combat COVID-19

Apr 21, 2020
Public Spend Forum is directly supporting government professionals and healthcare workers to address critical shortages for ventilators, respirators, personal protective equipment (PPE) and more, by providing free data on suppliers and inventory on GovShop. Reporter Melissa Mollet from NBC...

Europe

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include unnecessary, legal, regulatory or administrative requirements which includes labelling restrictions, out-of-date regulations and licensing requirements.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...

International

Researchers Confirm Shift in COVID-19 Testing Needed as Country Reopens

Aug 4, 2020
A recent Science Magazine article discusses the radical shift in COVID-19 testing needed to reopen schools and businesses. While the country increased testing throughout the summer, we have not be able to mitigate spread effectively. “Diagnostics experts, public health officials, and...

Some lessons for construction and public procurement from Covid-19

Jul 16, 2020
The rapid construction of seven covid-19 specialist ‘Nightingale’ hospitals in the UK, including at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham built in just two weeks, has lessons about how a crisis-triggered event and the mindset behind the construction should apply to all projects, in good...

CIPS and ITN Productions launch ‘Supply, Support and Sustain’

Jul 9, 2020
The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) and ITN Productions are co-creating a unique news-style content series ‘Supply, Support and Sustain,’ exploring the challenges, opportunities and innovations taking place in the changing landscape of the global procurement and supply...