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Public Spend Forum: Fourth Industrial Revolution; Clean energy; Inclusive events

09/03/2021 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:

On the cusp of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” adaptive learning promises smooth transition to smarter workforce

The 21st century’s technological advancements in AI — exacerbated by the pressures of Covid-19 — have changed the way we work, live, play and learn. The “new normal,” as its come to be known, exists for employees of large corporations, small companies, and for students; all of whom are adapting to a “new era of knowledge labor” in order to succeed. This article comes from Mamta Sonwalker, CEO & Founder of IntellADAPT, an adaptive learning tech leader which allows even the most technologically challenged individual to create rich, adaptive 2.0 digital courses, with intuitive step-by-step instruction. IntellADAPT is part of Public Spend Forum’s GovMarket Growth Program.

Innovation Tech Showcase

The ongoing GovShop Tech Pitch Showcase features 4 powerhouse entrepreneurs speed pitching their innovative tech products to government agencies in just 5 minutes.

Any Government official interested in lowering barriers to entry for emerging suppliers and who want to hear about innovative solutions for their department’s projects, will benefit from this short, sharp session. Equally, any company/supplier/vendor that wants to learn from peers about what makes a killer GovMarket tech pitch, will find this is 25 minutes very well spent.

The Tech Pitch Showcase is a no-cost platform for emerging and diverse companies to help them stand out in the GovMarket. Learn more and apply to present a pitch, here.

The powerhouse entrepreneur tackling the long-fought battle between affordability and clean energy

Community Energy Labs is a modern tech company that is reinventing energy choice. The company uses grid-smart building controls so that commercial building owners and facility managers can upgrade and autonomously operate clean, affordable, all-electric buildings without sacrificing occupant comfort, or disrupting power markets or the grid. Listen to Founder and CEO, Tanya Barham, pitching her innovative solutions.

4 ways to make your corporate events more inclusive

The future is hybrid — which means events and engagements will be too. And now more than ever, with the pressures of a global pandemic and virtual employees, it is critical to foster a company culture focused on inclusion. Not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because it leads to happy, productive employees and successful companies.  This article has been written by Lauren Cater of Mixtoz. The Mixtoz platform facilitates group gathering using real-time data so that every human interaction is an opportunity for meaningful connection. Mixtroz is another in Public Spend Forum’s GovMarket Growth Program.

And in other news … 

State of Flux debuts Safe Supplier Operating Standard

Net Zero: UK Bristol’s £5 billion decarbonisation plan

Business law firm Torys suggests firms reliant on government procurement should take a fresh look at long-assumed practices

More than half of European suppliers say buyers rarely or never include responsible labor practices in contracts

Opportunity for energy efficiency businesses to join major Scottish framework

Calls for clarity after DfT bungles HS2 contract pipeline

UK Government in dispute with suppliers over ‘not fit for purpose’ PPE costing £1.2bn, minister admits

Local Authorities, Scottish Government and other public bodies launch business support initiative The Supplier Development Programme to help SMEs with all aspects of tendering


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.

Meet Jack for a free GovShop demo

If you’d like to meet Jack from the GovShop customer success team, you can book a free consultation and demo to learn how to optimize your profile and get the most out of GovShop, the free government buyer/supplier matching and shortlisting database. From claiming your supplier profile and optimizing your keywords, to standing out in a crowded market and building your sales pipeline, email Jack to help.

Contact Public Spend Forum

Contact if you’d like to understand more about public procurement, the effect of the pandemic, where to find suppliers for a specific category, or any other burning issue you have.

PSF would also love to hear from you if you have a success story within your organization you’d like to share. If you’d like to share your opinions or insight on a public-procurement-relevant issue please see the Guest Author Guidelines here.

PSF news is taking a break next week, we’ll be back September 17 with more updates from Public Spend Forum