Public Spend Forum – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public procurement and the public sector market. On its website you will find articles, podcasts, opinion pieces, discussion trails and news stories. GovShop is its platform for finding and connecting suppliers with the public sector market.

Recent highlights include:

AI is the capability that will take digital service forward in government

It would seem we can expect huge opportunities for suppliers and developers of AI technology in the next decade and beyond for the advancement of the UK Government Digital Service (GDS), part of the UK Cabinet Office tasked with transforming the provision of online public services and leading the digital transformation of government generally. Read more here.

Three ways to research and find suppliers in GovShop

The GovShop Search Assistance Tool (GSAT) guides you through researching and finding specialist suppliers for the public sector.

  1. General Keyword Search - If you are looking for a product, service, or company: use the search bar by typing in any keyword (ex: cybersecurity, construction, office furniture, etc.)
  2. Contract Vehicle Search - If you are looking for suppliers that are already on a contract: use the contract vehicle search (ex: NASPO national cooperative, etc.).  We are continuing to build the contract library
  3. If you are looking for suppliers in a specific industry or category grouping like PSC< NIGP or NAICS: use the code search (ex: R412, 541620, etc.).

Visit GovShop here and download the tool here.

How to Stay Current on Emerging Technologies

Keeping up with trends is hard enough but with emerging tech constantly changing and improving it can be hard to keep up! Here are some top tips on how to stay up-to-date on emerging technologies. These tips include finding time, allow tools like GovShop to aggregate for you, identify someone you trust for your information, and allowing the technology you have to find the new tech. Read more here.

And in other news:

Businesses in NW England told Innovation is way to win public sector contracts

Buying processes should be seen as an enabler of innovation, rather than a barrier: Is procurement a friend or foe for local government? 

Sustainable Finance integrating sustainability in all economic sectors

Only a quarter of the world’s annual procurement market is open to international competition

UK.gov needs to stop burning billions on shoddy procurement, says Reform

Procurement, integration and adaptation are biggest barriers to AI, study finds

Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) – change of coding is here!

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