Businesses in NW England told Innovation is way to win public sector contracts

31 Oct 2019
Ambitious companies in the North West of England have been urged to increase their focus on public sector contracts to grow their businesses. Representatives of over 40 firms attended a supplier engagement event organised by Salford City Council, in conjunction with Bloom Procurement Services, and...

Procurement, integration and adaptation are biggest barriers to AI, study finds

31 Oct 2019
Global Government Forum reports that the greatest obstacles to the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in the public sector lie in building procurement capabilities, integrating AI with existing systems, and adapting systems to specific delivery environments. This is according to...

Top Suppliers Highlighted in Global Military Virtual Training Market Report

31 Oct 2019
The “Military Virtual Training Market” shares the potential supply and demand, value, competition of the market as well as the top players to watch within this emerging market. Different organizations, manufacturers, and vendors also play a role in the market.  These top players are employing...

Innovation Procurement – The power of the public purse

24 Oct 2019
EU-funded innovation procurements in the ICT domain are updated in a new brochure from the European Commission. Find out how they are bringing ICT-based solutions to the market to address challenges of public interest in sectors like health and elderly care, transport, climate change, energy,...

Ministry of Defence to access IT skills via £1.5bn framework

24 Oct 2019
The UK Ministry of Defence has plans to improve how it engages with the tech industry. It is setting up a new £1.5bn framework that will introduce a new mechanism to contracting technical skills. £300m a year will be spent over a three-to-five year period to select a number of suppliers onto a...

Cyber Security Experts Working With Defence Industry

24 Oct 2019
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is working closely with the UK defence industry to identify vulnerabilities and help reduce the risks of cyber attacks on sensitive or secret information. The NCSC says it has dealt with 658 cyber attacks on the UK in the past 12 months. So the UK...

Renewable energy to expand by 50% in next five years

24 Oct 2019
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has found that solar, wind and hydropower projects are rolling out at their fastest rate in four years. In fact global supplies of renewable electricity are growing faster than expected and could expand by 50% in the next five years. “The appetite of...

Five bold public contracting reforms to improve public services in five cities

17 Oct 2019
Five teams of public contracting reformers from Buenos Aires, Ecuador, Mexico City, Moldova, and New Orleans have been selected to participate in the inaugural Lift impact programme, the Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) and social impact firm Reboot. The year-long support programme is designed...

How to buy robots: WEF guidelines for government AI procurement

17 Oct 2019
Government bodies need to take a special approach to procurement when it comes to artificial intelligence, according to the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. WEF, the global network focused on technology governance, says traditional “public-sector procurement...

Understanding the Gender Pay Gap in the UK Public Sector

10 Oct 2019
The UK Government has released a report looking into the gender pay gap in the public sector. It analyses the size and possible causes of the pay gap and finds that the gap is larger in the public sector than in the private and that a much higher pay gap exists at the top end of the earnings...