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...

CIPS and ITN Productions launch ‘Supply, Support and Sustain’

Jul 9, 2020
The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) and ITN Productions are co-creating a unique news-style content series ‘Supply, Support and Sustain,’ exploring the challenges, opportunities and innovations taking place in the changing landscape of the global procurement and supply...

Digital transformation: Working with Government procurement frameworks

Jul 2, 2020
Working with, not against, UK Government frameworks to better support digital transformation is the topic of this discussion. The UK Government framework for procuring cloud computing services, G-Cloud, has evolved significantly since its first release in 2012, but it is still an onerous task for...

Review reveals local government procurement fraud risk

Jul 2, 2020
A government report has stressed the importance of best practice in reducing fraud, particularly at a time of heightened council activity and less stringent controls in operation. The UK Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has just published a report on the risks of...

An SME guide to securing government contracts

Jul 2, 2020
Working with the government can be lucrative for SMEs, but ecuring government contracts still isn’t easy, despite the UK government’s policy to award contracts as often as possible to smaller businesses. It has stated an aim to reach 33% of all procurement going to SMEs by 2022. Businesses...