European single data market

27 Feb 2020
The European Commission is planning a single European market for data, in hopes that by pooling talent, the region can compete with Big Tech in Silicon Valley and China, according to PYMNTS.com. Evolving data policies and regulation point towards a single market across Europe. Final proposals and...

CBI says UK construction industry business model not fit for purpose

27 Feb 2020
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has warned that the British construction industry is facing a crucial period where thin profit margins and an ageing workforce will clash with high demand for construction. In the demand for construction there is widespread awareness of the need for...

World’s first EU-compliant office suite launched

21 Feb 2020
Global supplier of IT-infrastructure cloud services, City Network, has launched Compliant Office, an office collaboration and productivity tool with built-in regulatory compliance. It includes e-mail, team chat, calendars and documents, and is based in and operated in Europe and governed solely...

Scotland’s Programme helps more businesses win Government contracts

13 Feb 2020
Alongside the Scottish Government’s Supplier Development Programme (SDP), Moray Council’s procurement team has been holding training workshops to help local businesses secure more public sector contracts. A diverse set of businesses have attended, who said in a post-event survey that their...

An example of public buying social return on investment (SROI)

13 Feb 2020
Bloom Procurement Services has become the first organisation of its kind to be awarded level two of the Social Value Certificate, which is accredited by Social Value UK, the national network for social impact and value which is also a member of the global network Social Value International. The...

Public sector buying organisation launches first drone framework

13 Feb 2020
A public sector drone framework has been launched by YPO, one of the UK’s largest public sector buying and procurement organisations. The new Drones and Associated Products and Services framework has been designed for the emergency service and the wider public sector. YPO was approached by the...

UK SME spending on the rise – but ‘ambition’ in question

6 Feb 2020
The UK Cabinet Office has released its annual figures on how much Whitehall departments are spending with SMEs – both directly and indirectly – reports Diginomica. While SME spending is on the rise, now accounting for 25.7% of total procurement spend, previous years saw a decline, bringing into...

Open contracting and the EU in 2020: What to expect

30 Jan 2020
Open Contracting Partnership expects 2020 to be a year of great strides towards opening up public procurement across the EU. “Even a slight shift of 1% in efficiency would save the EU around EUR 20 billion per year,” it says. The European Commission (and member states) will be laying out a...

AI Award for faster tech use in the UK NHS

30 Jan 2020
The UK government has announced a £140m artificial intelligence (AI) award to be supported by the National Health Service (NHS) AI Lab to fast track testing and adoption of the most promising tools by the NHS. “The Department of Health and Social Care is expected to invite applications for the...

The UK government has developed an AI playbook

30 Jan 2020
The UK government has developed an AI playbook to help public sector decision-makers understand and deploy artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. It is has been produced by the Office for Artificial Intelligence (OAI) and the Government Digital Service (GDS). The guide offers advice to public...