What bothers suppliers most about public procurement?

Oct 22, 2020
Supply Management highlights the key points of the Public Procurement Review Service (PPRS) Progress Report which found the top areas of complaint about public procurement from suppliers in 2019-20 were late payments and advertising of contracts. The next three biggest areas of complaint were...

UK shipbuilding boosted by warship procurement

Oct 22, 2020
UK Defence Secretary has announced that vital warships providing supplies and technical support to the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers will made by British-led teams. A competition to build three Fleet Solid Support warships – which will launch in Spring 2021 – will help revitalise British...

Agility is important to take advantage of changing trends in buying behaviour

Oct 16, 2020
Oxfordshire County Council in England talked to procurement analyst firm Spend Matters about how it is getting its ad-hoc spending under control and supporting the local economy. Following his talk at Amazon Business Exchange on driving best practice in indirect spend categories for the public...

UK Gov awards £78m to ferry firms

Oct 16, 2020
The UK government has awarded contracts worth a total of £77.6m to ferry firms to carry freight after Brexit “whatever the outcome of negotiations with the EU.” The contracts will help to ensure the smooth delivery of vital medical supplies and other critical goods as part of efforts to...

Crown Commercial Service G-Cloud 12 now live

Oct 16, 2020
The latest version of the UK government’s G-Cloud framework has gone live, offering public sector bodies access to more than 38,000 cloud services through the digital marketplace. Crown Commercial Service (CCS) reports a 25% uplift in the number of cloud services featured this time around...

Education supplier merger may be blocked

Oct 16, 2020
UK Competition and Markets Authority has said that the potential Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO) and Findel Education Limited (Findel) merger could reduce competition resulting in increased prices or reductions in service levels, quality and the range of products for schools and nurseries....

One Planet Network Sustainable Public Procurement Programme

Oct 16, 2020
The One Planet Network Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) programme is a voluntary global multi-stakeholder partnership in which various parties – governmental, non-governmental, public and private, agree to work together in a systematic way with the aim to promote and accelerate the...

Defence: UK up 44% in number of cybersecurity firms

Oct 8, 2020
Forces.net explains that new data shows the UK has averaged second place in the global defence exporter rankings on a rolling 10-year basis (2010-2019). That makes it the biggest in the world after the US. The data has been released by UK Defence and Security Exports and compiled in conjunction...

UK Rail supply chain needs better understanding of market for exports

Oct 8, 2020
According to the Rail Supply Group’s UK Exports Survey report, rail suppliers need a greater understanding of the market to increase exports. The findings say there needs to be increased knowledge of which SMEs and larger companies are active in the rail export market and which markets are...

Best practices for tech transformation in government

Oct 8, 2020
As governments around the world deal with the global pandemic and economic challenges, the need for digital transformation and exceptional government customer experience (CX) has never been greater, writes Forrester. In its latest report, it discusses best practices for ‘customer-obsessed’...