Local UK procurement shakeup to tackle construction SMEs’ recession fears

21 May 2020
A regional shakeup of procurement expertise for local authorities and housing associations in England is aiming to help councils and construction SMEs avoid some of the worst economic inequalities post coronavirus. The London Housing Consortium is placing emphasis on highly localised procurement...

Covid-19: lessons from Italy on public-private healthcare procurement

14 May 2020
  An article from the collaboration between The European Sting with the World Economic Forum explains how the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown into sharp focus the shortcomings of public-private healthcare procurement systems. This crisis presents an opportunity to learn and to reshape these...

Covid-19 spearheads digital transformation in the public sector

14 May 2020
The need for rapid response to the COVID-19 crisis has caused many departments to accelerate changes and deliver them in a matter of hours and days, which might have taken years to deliver in normal circumstances. During lockdown, when we have borne witness to an unprecedented surge in remote...

FDA Approved Suppliers of COVID-19 Testing Kits

12 May 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...

Europe’s virus furlough programs bail out 40 million workers

6 May 2020
Bloomberg reports that European governments have had to spend large sums to protect workers during the coronavirus restrictions. More than 40 million workers have been furloughed during the shutdowns, based on data from the region’s six biggest economies, getting a portion of their pay covered by...

Tradeshift-enabled government trade finance programme launches

6 May 2020
European fintech specialising in supply chain payments, Tradeshift, is working with the Danish Export Credit Agency (EKF) to open up much-needed liquidity to businesses in Denmark through a technology-driven supply chain financing model. Under this Danish initiative banks will be encouraged to...

Drones and Associated Products and Services framework for the public sector

6 May 2020
The UK 100% publicly owned YPO has announced the launch of its new Drones and Associated Products and Services framework for the emergency service and the wider public sector. The first of its kind. Last year YPO was approached by the Home Office to discuss a gap in public procurement....