Power Your Procurement and Acquisition Workforce with the Right Competencies

May 10, 2019
These seven competency areas will take your procurement organization to the next level Government procurement requires a good deal of knowledge. From government specific requirements to understanding the purchasing process, there are a lot of procurement competency areas to perfect. Luckily,...

FSB Publishes Small Business Plan for Europe

May 9, 2019
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has published a Small Business Plan for Europe and it is urging MEPs to deliver on it. A report in Ready for Brexit explains. The FSB calls on MEPs to look beyond Brexit and take a number of steps that will help to develop Europe’s 23.8 million small...

Have Your Say About the 2014 Public Procurement Directives

Apr 11, 2019
The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Council of European Municipalities are conducting a consultation on the 2014 Directives on Public Procurement. The Directives introduced a number of changes in the European legal framework for public procurement. They introduced new...

Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index

Mar 7, 2019
The Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, using a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. More than two-thirds of...

Public Sector Smarter Working Awards Nominees Announced

Feb 21, 2019
Nominees for the 2019 Smarter Working Awards organised by the UK Government Property Agency have been revealed. 12 government organisations are recognised for their achievements in driving smart working transformation across the civil service and wider public sector. The awards recognise best...

OECD Report Highlights Ethical Risks Around Use Of Algorithms

Feb 21, 2019
A new report – Government Global Trends 2019 – released by the Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI), highlights a number of countries where data scores are being used to classify citizens and make decisions based on these groupings. Governments around the world are experimenting with...

Public Sector Bodies Recognised For Counter-Fraud Efforts

Feb 14, 2019
A number of public sector organisations have been recognised for their efforts in tackling fraud, which is estimated to cost the UK government between £31bn and £49bn every year. Winner of the ‘excellence in fraud prevention’ category was the HMRC for its ‘tackling alcohol at source’...

CIPS Qualifications Restructured for ‘More Agile and Creative Thinkers’

Jan 31, 2019
A review of The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) qualifications has been launched. The institute has reviewed and restructured its qualifications to develop more agile and creative thinkers, focused on strategy and relationship building, it says. “Following a review of the CIPS...

EMCOR – First in Sector to Achieve Sustainable Procurement Standard

Jan 24, 2019
Facilities management provider, EMCOR UK, announced this week that it had achieved conformity to the new international standard ISO 20400 for sustainable procurement – the first facilities management provider to do so. We wrote about the ISO 20400 standard here when we talked to London...

Late Payments Shake Up In Spotlight Again

Jan 17, 2019
Much in the UK news this week – as it marks the first anniversary of Carillion’s collapse – on The Public Sector Supply Chains (Project Bank Accounts) Bill, which has its second reading in March. Head of public affairs & public policy at the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians says...