About Peter Smith

Peter Smith is Managing Editor for Spend Matters in Europe, and has been around procurement for 30 years as a manager, procurement director and consultant. He has an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University, is a Fellow and was 2003 President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. Peter was Procurement Director for the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (Europe), the Department of Social Security in the UK Government and the NatWest Group. As well as Spend Matters, he still acts as a senior procurement adviser to key UK Government bodies and has also served as a non-executive director with two large UK public organisations. His first book, co-authored with Fiona Czerniawska, was published in June 2010 by The Economist Books: Buying Professional Services; How to Get Value for Money from Consultants and Other Professional Services Providers.


NAO on Commercial & Contract Management – Be An Intelligent Client

We need real intelligence: link between costs and specifications, overall supplier cost structures, market issues, the supplier’s own situation.


“Buy Local / National” Moves In Public Procurement Could Lead To Dangerous Protectionist Behaviour

We need to stress the benefits of openness and value


Using Public Procurement To Support National Interests – Protectionism On The Rise

There seems to be a growing global trend in protectionist approaches to trade


Ideas for Post-Brexit UK Public Procurement from BiP’s Eddie Regan (Part 2)

How the UK could “improve” its public procurement legislative framework post Brexit


Ideas for Post-Brexit UK Public Procurement from BiP’s Eddie Regan

How the UK could “improve” its public procurement legislative framework post Brexit


Sourcing Optimisation – Will Coupa / Trade Extensions Tie-up Bring This Tech Into Government?

Acquisition may lead to more progress


Brexit Negotiations – The Danger of “Goodwill” Concessions

Labour’s proposed approach is very risky


New Green Procurement Newsletter – Out Now

European Commission News Alert on green public procurement (GPP) is now available online


French Presidential Election – Procurement Implications And Macron Doubts

The bookmakers believe Macron is an odds-on favourite to win … they were wrong about Trump!