Royal Navy – told to Build British

Aug 6, 2020
The UK Ministry of Defence’s contract tender for three new fleet auxiliaries was suspended last year over concerns from maritime unions and domestic shipbuilders about foreign bidders. The FSS project attracted interest from shipbuilders around the world but a review of the UK’s National...

Public sector needs to set rules around AI procurement

Aug 6, 2020
A report published by The Oxford Commission on AI and Good Governance, led by the Oxford Internet Institute, which includes policy recommendations to improve AI procurement in the UK, has warned that “existing frameworks for procurement and implementation are no longer fit for purpose and...

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...

Are Drones in Ports and Shipping: the next big market for the industry?

Jul 30, 2020
An article in dronelife asks whether drones in ports and shipping are the next big market for the drone industry, as the UK’s Associated British Ports (ABP) moves from a drone pilot programme to drone operations. The ABP, PwC, Aerodyne Group project to use drones to bring value to asset and...

Flaws in UK government’s procurement of personal protective equipment

Jul 29, 2020
Supply Management has highlighted a report that says there were “fundamental flaws” in the UK government’s procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE), according to MPs. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said in a report on the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak that...

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...

Tunga launches new e-learning platform for software developers in Africa

Jul 9, 2020
Social enterprise Tunga is creating more opportunities for African software developers. The Dutch company has launched a new e-learning platform that is freely accessible to all tech talent in Africa. The Tunga Academy offers free online courses for African tech talent and is part of the...