New UK public sector contracts are being published every day

3 Apr 2020
Recent UK policy changes allow public sector buyers to speed up tendering procedures in order to secure resources as a ‘matter of urgency,’ as we reported last week. There are still plenty of public sector contracts being published amid all the uncertainty, Tenders Direct is keeping track...

Joint procurement of protective equipment for coronavirus

26 Mar 2020
A joint European procurement initiative has been able to secure at considerable scale and at short notice protective clothing and medical equipment. Some producers have exceeded the quantities requested by the 25 member states taking part in the procurement. The European Commission used a...

Europe Establishes New Plan for AI and Data Regulation

26 Mar 2020
European Union lawmakers have suggested that a new bundle of proposals may need to be considered to create a more ethical and well-regulated future for the age of AI. The proposals include implementing new rules for high-risk AI systems that allow for traceable and transparent communication. The...

COVID-19 and the Conduct of Public Procurement

26 Mar 2020
European Governments are advising their public procurement bodies how to conduct business during the crisis – from issuing public procurement procedures, their evaluation and their award as smoothly as possible without public officials meeting in person, to temporarily accepting digital bank...

Cyber security – growing threats mean growing demand

19 Mar 2020
High-profile data leaks are becoming more common and cybercrime is forecast to inflict damages in the trillions of dollars by 2021. Investments in cybersecurity are anticipated to reach $250 billion by 2023 with spending already rising higher for 2019 than in any other industry sector. The growing...

UK Government changes procurement policy in response to Covid-19

19 Mar 2020
The UK government announced on March 18 a change in their approach to the procurement of goods and services amid the Covid-19 pandemic, with immediate effect. In order to procure goods, services and works with extreme urgency during this time of crisis when the supply chain is disrupted, the...

NATO’s budget: the pandemic could slash military spending

19 Mar 2020
The president of the European Central Bank and a former French finance minister stated at a news conference that “the heightened uncertainty negatively affects expenditure plans and their financing” and that “even if ultimately temporary by nature, it [the coronavirus epidemic] will have a...

How to drive procurement value in UK public sector

13 Mar 2020
Adrian Overall, CEO of CloudStratex, discusses his campaign for change within UK public sector IT projects and procurement: waste and extravagance are often the words most associated with public sector procurement, he says. CloudStratex delivered a letter to No. 10 outlining their belief that the...

EU Unveils Roadmap for Single Digital Market for Data and AI

13 Mar 2020
The European Commission has published new white papers on its goals for creating a single market for personal and non-personal data and promoting the development of artificial intelligence in Europe. The aim of the strategy is to create a genuine single market for these data that are secure and...