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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’...

Inflated PPE prices costing local councils millions

Sep 18, 2020
A local UK news outlet, ECHO, has reported that its investigation revealed huge hikes in the price of PPE across councils costing them millions as they scrambled for equipment to protect people from coronavirus. Suppliers raised prices well above pre-pandemic levels, it said, adding to council’s...

Lift Procurement Barriers for SMEs

Sep 18, 2020
A new paper from the Federation of Small Businesses for Wales called “A Fresh Start for Public Procurement” has made a number of recommendations for a proactive SME procurement policy. Business News Wales reports: “SMEs make a huge difference to our Welsh economy, and so does making the...

Gov UK – New service to open overseas markets for UK businesses

Sep 11, 2020
The UK government has launched a new online service to make it easier for British businesses to trade globally. Barriers encountered include unnecessary, legal, regulatory or administrative requirements which includes labelling restrictions, out-of-date regulations and licensing requirements. This...