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Minerva Consultancy announces tender result

The Minerva framework agreement is estimated to be worth £30m and it is designed to support of 23 Police forces using their ‘NicheRMS’ primary records management system.  The objective is for each NicheRMS force to get support and access to the best technology available, via this framework.  Police ICT issued a tender for Minerva Consultancy […]

DataIQ top 100 list announced

DataIQ is a membership based business with a mission of advancing the profession of data and analytics.  They have been following the careers of chief data officers, chief analytics officers, data scientists, data governance experts and the leaders of key vendors and service providers and have put together a highly regarded ‘power list’ of the […]

Two new announcements spell new era for small businesses in the Government supply chain

Enforcing prompt payment of suppliers Late payments to smaller businesses in the Government supply chain are an ongoing significant issue and can prove a deterrent from SMEs engaging in this process. Therefore, it is encouraging to see the recent announcement of the new prompt payment initiative to ensure all Government suppliers and subcontractors benefit from […]

City of York Council initiative reaches the finals at the Guardian Public Service Awards 2018

by Pamela Cook   We are delighted that our client, City of York Council was commended so highly as a finalist at the Guardian Public Service Awards 2018 on Tuesday night. SingleView, their initiative designed to integrate the work of multiple teams involved with social care and vulnerable individuals, has been highly commended at The […]

HALF of UK police officers say they cannot trust their forces data

By Pamela Cook The Annual Police ICT User Survey has highlighted the unacceptable lack of system integration in the police, with roughly half of respondents saying that as a result, they cannot trust the data they rely upon. 82% of the nearly 4,000 officers from 48 forces felt their forces systems were not well integrated, […]

Infoshare expands it’s team – updated!

by Pamela Cook   In addition to our recent starters Chris, Charles and Penny, who already feel a part of the furniture, we’ve recently added another member to our ever-growing team. Sophia Sivakumar, Welcome to Sophia, who has  joined Infoshare as a Senior Tester. Sophia has many years of testing behind her and she has a […]

New Government plans will increase transparency of SME spend and improve visibility of contract opportunities online

by Pamela Cook Following on from the announcement of their supplier consultation to support fairer treatment of SMEs in the procurement process, the Government has yet again shown determination to support the SME community in gaining access to its contractual spend. They have now announced that from 1st May 2018, suppliers on contracts of over […]

Government supplier consultation spells good news for SMEs

by Pamela Cook I was delighted to see the news last week that the Minister for Implementation, Oliver Dowden, has not only listened to the blockers and challenges that the SME community face when working with the Government, but has been proactive in exploring the opportunities for both parties. I recently had a meeting with […]

SME champions make headway: government announces it has spent over £1bn working with SMEs

by Pamela Cook   It was in the news this week that the government has spent over £1bn since 2012 working with SMEs to develop and deliver their cloud and digital services. This is nearly half of the total spend: roughly £1.39 in every £3 of the government’s spending in this area has gone to […]

Breaking down barriers to data sharing: the key to unlocking Smart Cities

By Pamela Cook   Earlier this year I spoke on a panel session at a Data Innovation Day in Brussels. The theme for this year’s event was ‘Smart Cities’ and the panel session itself focused on how we can use citizen data to deliver better public services. There were three key takeaways from this panel […]