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State of Flux SRM Report Published – and UK Government Recognises SRM Value
State of Flux has launched the latest edition of their SRM (supplier relationship management) report. This has become a regular and valuable report over the past ten years, coming from the consulting firm that has really made the SRM space pretty...
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Situational Awareness and Public Procurement – EC Event

16 Nov 2018
The European Commission is holding its second SAYSO (standardisation of situational awareness systems to strengthen operations in civil protection) public workshops on December 4th in Brussels. This is part of Horizon 2020 and will present the results and lessons learned so far and focus on project...

National Health Service Workforce Shortage Announcement

15 Nov 2018
HSJ has published an article warning that Workforce shortages are a greater challenge to the NHS than funding. “New analysis from the Health Foundation, King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust finds that if current trends continue, the gap could reach almost 250,000 by 2030. If the pattern of people...

How To Win Government Contracts – And Live To Tell The Tale

15 Nov 2018
Management Today runs regular leadership lessons billed as ‘One-Minute Briefings’ – a quick and easy way to top up on advice on business challenges. The latest is from Rod Aldridge, founder and former CEO of Capita, giving his key takeaways on the rules for working with the public sector....

End of Huge Government Outsourcing Deals in Sight

15 Nov 2018
UK Government contract data source, Tussell, has analysed thousands of contracts and found that over the three years leading up to the end of June, “the value of contracts remained at around £5bn a year, but the number of contracts increased from 3,333 to 4,521 per year as the value of deals...

UK Cabinet Office Plans for Tracking Supplier Finances and Performance

8 Nov 2018
The UK Cabinet Office has announced wide-ranging plans to better analyse supplier finances and performance. They will require suppliers to reveal more information about their financial health as part of government changes following the Carillion collapse. A government database will track up to five...
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State of Flux SRM Report Published – and UK Government Recognises SRM Value

19 Nov 2018
State of Flux has launched the latest edition of their SRM (supplier relationship management) report. This has become a regular and valuable report over the past ten years, coming from the consulting firm that has really made the SRM space pretty much their own (in the way that Future Purchasing...

Global Public Procurement Conference Part 2 – Transformers

5 Nov 2018
Craig Brewin continues his three-part report from the Global Public Procurement Conference. Part 1 is here. This is the second article on the Global Public Procurement Conference held in Washington in September, and looks at some of the issues of implementation. The conference looks like it is...

Global Public Procurement Conference 2018 – The Star Trek Future

1 Nov 2018
You may remember earlier this year we published a series of articles on procurement’s role in disaster recovery from Craig Brewin. Craig is a Caribbean-based procurement professional, and he reports now from the recent Global Public Procurement Conference. “So Star Trek I love it” said...

No Deal Brexit Pledge of a New Online Procurement Portal to Replace OJEU

26 Sep 2018
  “It’s our duty as a responsible government to prepare for all eventualities, including ‘no deal’, until we can be certain of the outcome of those (UK/EU) negotiations,” says Gov.uk. This refers to, in the event of a ‘no deal’ EU exit, what the government is putting in place...

Another Look At Ukraine’s Public Procurement System

24 Aug 2018
We have written a fair amount over the past few years on the Ukrainian public sector e-procurement system, ProZorro, from its inception, to its successes, to more recent controversy around its effectiveness. It was introduced to enhance transparency and address corruption in national commercial...
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State of Flux SRM Report Published – and UK Government Recognises SRM Value

19 Nov 2018
State of Flux has launched the latest edition of their SRM (supplier relationship management) report. This has become a regular and valuable report over the past ten years, coming from the consulting firm that has really made the SRM space pretty much their own (in the way that Future Purchasing...

UK CCS New Agreement To Increase Use of Public Sector Renewable Energy

8 Nov 2018
“The government has announced it’s making it easier for public bodies to reduce their carbon footprint, by launching a new agreement which makes renewable energy easier to source” – says Facilities Management Journal. Category Lead for Utilities and Fuels at Crown Commercial Service...

Driving Sustainability in European Public Procurement – Event Coming Soon!

5 Nov 2018
We are proud to be supporting a conference later this month in Brussels – an event we thought you would be interested to hear about. Driving Sustainability in European Public Procurement is taking place in Brussels on November 27th and it’s free to attend for public procurement leaders,...

NHS Price Comparison Tool Saves £288 million

1 Nov 2018
UK NHS Improvement has announced that “Trusts across England saved £288 million in the last financial year by securing the best deals for commonly bought items, such as syringes, disposable gloves, loo roll and shoe covers.” A price comparison tool allows Trusts to view the most expensive and...

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Managing Director, Public Spend Forum Europe
Peter Smith is Director for Public Spend Forum in Europe and leads our work in that region. He is also Managing Editor of Spend Matters UK/ Europe and has been around procurement for 30 years as a manager, CPO and consultant. He was Procurement Director (CPO) for the UK's largest non-military government department in the 1990s, as well as holding that role in two major private sector firms, and was a non-executive director for two major public agencies. As a consultant he has advised government in the UK and more widely on procurement issues at the highest levels. He is a former President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and is a regular speaker at conferences and workshops. His first book, "Buying Professional Services", co-authored with Fiona Czerniawska, was published in June 2010 by The Economist Books.
Publishing Director, Public Spend Forum Europe
Nancy has 25 years of professional editorial and writing experience, including 15 years within the IT analyst publishing industry. She previously served as EMEA Head of Publishing for Gartner Inc. with responsibility for all client-facing analysis and reports, and prior to that as Managing Editor within the Dun & Bradstreet group. Most recently, she was Editorial Director for a technology PR firm. She has extensive experience of producing and authoring customer reference programmes, thought-leadership papers and newsletters. Nancy holds a BA (Honours) in Linguistics and Modern Languages.
Procurement Professional and Company Director, London Universities Purchasing Consortium
Head of Procurement, London South Bank University

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