Fix police procurement and you fix police tech

Apr 16, 2020
We are delighted to hear from Simon Hall, CEO at PoliceBox. Policing has increasingly become the front-end or the “sharp-edge” of the whole range of social services available to the community. This is because police officers are often the very first point of contact for a vulnerable individual...

Buying Professional Services – Tips from the Experts

Jan 28, 2020
Brightman is a UK-based consultancy specialising in change management – but with a difference. What they focus on is people. In their own words: “We help organisations manage the most difficult part of any change, the people. Many organisations think that changing technology automatically...

Why are there so many permanent consultants in the public sector?

Jan 24, 2020
We are delighted to feature this guest post from one of our readers, Romy Hughes, director at change management consultancy, Brightman. If you have primarily worked in the private sector, one thing that will stand out if you ever switch over to the public sector will be the sheer number of...

Opportunities for the UK Government’s new innovation framework, Spark

Sep 26, 2019
As part of the UK government ‘Technology Innovation Strategy,’ the government has also launched Spark, a marketplace for technology innovation which sets out a new unified approach to digitisation in the public sector. It is a dynamic purchasing system that will allow the public sector to find...

How UK CCS Is Supporting the Development of Smart Cities

Sep 5, 2019
UK Crown Commercial Service category lead for technology solutions, explains how the CCS can support the development of smart cities and help modernise public sector procurement practices on Public Sector Executive. “By working together, suppliers, customers and CCS can create the more efficient...

New UK Framework for Simplified Purchase of Cloud Services

Sep 5, 2019
NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) has set up a new procurement framework to provide the entire public sector with a simple, quicker and OJEU-compliant means of purchasing cloud solutions. 24 suppliers have been selected on value for money for the framework which is intended to make the...

Scottish Government Launches £30m Cloud Procurement Framework

Aug 8, 2019
The Scottish government has published a new cloud procurement framework with 14 providers approved to bid for contracts estimated to be worth £30m – writes Government Computing. The new framework supersedes the government’s four-year Hosting Services Framework and has been designed to enable...

Cloud Players: Who’s Who in the Government Market According to GovTech

Jun 21, 2019
There are a handful of large-scale, well-established big wigs in the cloud industry. Amazon Web Services and Microsoft are the heaviest hitters in the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market, closely trailed by Google, IBM, and Oracle. However, GovTech uncovered a surprising reality when it...

A Forward-Thinking Approach to Public Sector Purchasing – YPO

Jun 7, 2019
“Amazon Business has finalised a £400m contract with a procurement body made up of 13 councils which will see the online marketplace act as a one-stop-shop for public sector customers buying things like care equipment,” writes amp. The deal was announced last year with the Yorkshire...

Bloom Launches UK’s First Public-Sector-Dedicated S2P Platform

Jun 5, 2019
Bloom Procurement Services, which operates the NEPRO professional services framework on behalf of the UK’s NEPO (North East Procurement Organisation), which was set up to help the public sector buy professional services and manage spend whilst achieving better outcomes and improving value, has...

Embedding Social Values in Government Procurement

May 16, 2019
The UK Cabinet Office is in mid-consultation on its latest proposals to increase social value outcomes in public procurements. The opportunity to respond ends on June 10, 2019. We discuss the proposed draft evaluation criteria, issues in interpreting what the guidance means in practice and the...