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Public Spend Forum: Clean air for schools and digital transformation for the next World Cup

08/20/2021 By

Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public buying everywhere. GovShop is its free-to-use global government market research tool for finding and connecting with suppliers. Read more from PSF and GovShop founder Raj Sharma here: Working towards a more open and accessible public sector marketplace – for suppliers and buyers.

This week’s latest from PSF:

A practical guide to clean air inside the school gates

With the resurgence of Covid-19’s Delta variant coinciding with the opening of schools and colleges this Fall, this piece on practical approaches to ensuring clean, filtered air to students becomes especially critical.  This article has been written by Christian Hendriksen, CEO & Co-Founder of Rensair. Rensair provides portable hospital-grade air purifiers to government, businesses, hospitals, health care facilities, schools and more. They are working with customers like the City of Miami, NBA as well as the UK’s National Health Service and numerous hospitals and businesses.

In a bid to improve air quality surrounding the capital’s schools, the Mayor of London has closed roads to traffic and launched the new London Schools Pollution Helpdesk.  But what about indoor air, where concentrations of pollutants are two to five times higher than outdoors? For schools, the need to improve indoor air quality poses a substantial problem.

Rensair, which provides portable, hospital-grade air purification systems, is just one of the many suppliers that can be found on GovShop.

Read the full article here.

Digitally transforming the Qatar government in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Brian Chidester is one of the brains behind football’s World Cup event! He is head of worldwide industry at OpenText, a global leader in helping organizations manage information at scale, which is assisting to digitally transform the Qatar government in preparation for the 2022 World Cup.

He shares his insights on the importance of digital transformation in the public sector, and gives some general advice on how to navigate and be successful in the public sector during a conversation with PSF CEO Raj Sharma.

Listen to that here as part of the public sector heroes podcasts.

Emerging Tech and Innovation Showcase

As part of its mission to create open government markets, PSF’s Emerging Tech and Innovation Showcase welcomes short pitches from emerging companies.

Each week the goal of the showcase is to:

  • Build awareness of emerging and innovative solutions in the market that have the potential to address critical government missions
  • Lower barriers and costs for small businesses to present their capabilities to government and buyer audiences at no cost.

These are five-minute speed pitches from cutting-edge tech firms. The next showcase takes place Aug 26, 2021 3:00 ‒ 3:30 pm EDT.

If you’re an innovative and emerging tech company looking to showcase your solution, learn more and apply for the Innovation & Tech Showcase, here.

If you would like to join PSF as it builds an open community and platform for emerging businesses to showcase their solutions, you can register here.

And in other news … 


Institute for Public Procurement releases results of panel study “Getting the Job Done in Public Procurement During COVID-19”

What UK reforms mean for public procurement

eWorld Procurement and Supply – this September

Crown Commercial Service tells us what we need to know about the UK’s National Procurement Policy Statement

Public sector procurement specialist SCAPE outlines timetable for new £750m regional construction framework UK

Turkey building new generation of comprehensive free trade agreements (FTAs) to lift exports

NVIDIA and the $40bn acquisition of Arm: Will the UK government block it – and should it?

GSA to improve transparency in IT acquisition 

UK government tells firms to use cloud to curb their carbon emissions and fight climate change



Interesting and useful material:

The GovShop Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) — is a one-stop-shop containing anything a small business would need to know to navigate public procurement in the United States, and beyond.

The 7 Principles for GovMarket Growth can be downloaded for free.


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