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...

Tradeshift-enabled government trade finance programme launches

May 6, 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...

How to drive procurement value in UK public sector

Mar 13, 2020
Adrian Overall, CEO of CloudStratex, discusses his campaign for change within UK public sector IT projects and procurement: waste and extravagance are often the words most associated with public sector procurement, he says. CloudStratex delivered a letter to No. 10 outlining their belief that the...

CBI says UK construction industry business model not fit for purpose

Feb 27, 2020
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has warned that the British construction industry is facing a crucial period where thin profit margins and an ageing workforce will clash with high demand for construction. In the demand for construction there is widespread awareness of the need for...

Digitalisation of the NHS – Cyber security in the healthcare supply chain

Dec 5, 2019
Orpheus – the UK government-accredited cyber threat intelligence company – has produced a paper on cyber security risk in the supply chain of the National Health Service (NHS). It looks at key findings on leaked credentials, suppliers at risk, gives average vulnerability scores of companies it...

Innovative Supplier Selection Is Key to Government Procurement Success

Oct 10, 2019
The UK government has made it clear through policy, procurement reforms and communication that it recognises the value of innovation to the economy as a source of competitiveness, productivity, revenues and profit, writes Computer Weekly. The Cabinet Office and Crown Commercial Service have been...

More than 7m Separate Cyber Attacks on Small Businesses in 2 Years

Aug 8, 2019
A recent report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) explains the results of a survey of 1,135 small businesses in the UK. Findings show that one-fifth said they have been the victim of cyber-attack in the past two years, which the research equates to nearly 10,000 cyber-attacks a day for...

Linking Public Buyers with Suppliers of Innovation

Jun 28, 2019
The Innovation Procurement Brokers (InnoBrokers) project, funded by the EU, helps public procurers to procure innovative goods and services by linking public buyers with innovative suppliers. Once introduced to SMEs and start-ups that are able to develop innovative solutions responding to their...

UK Police Forensics Cyber Attack Repercussions

Jun 27, 2019
News spread this week about the UK police force supplier of forensics services being held to ransomware, and the subsequent suspension of their use by the police. The supplier now says everything is back to normal, but data breach repercussions can be lasting for the judicial system, including...