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include unnecessary, legal, regulatory or administrative requirements which includes labelling restrictions, out-of-date regulations and licensing requirements.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

AI & Military Procurement: what computers still can’t do

Aug 21, 2020
An article in ‘War on the Rocks’ gives some advice on avoiding fielding AI prematurely, the risks it carries and offers guidelines for the military procurement of AI. “Not all artificial intelligence (AI) is made equal,” it says. “A wide range of different techniques and applications fall...

Buying artificial intelligence – a guide from the WEF

Aug 13, 2020
As part of the World Economic Forum’s ‘Shaping the Future of Technology Governance: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Platform’ project, the WEF is co-designing guidelines for the responsible and effective procurement of artificial intelligence by governments to better meet the...