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.


Is Government Cost-Cutting Really Starting To Hurt the UK?

A series of terrible events in the UK has put the spotlight on government expenditure


Transition to New Public Spend Forum Website

PSF site provides more benefits to users and readers


New Guide – Protecting Human Rights in the Supply Chain

A must read for all public procurement practitioners


NAO on Commercial & Contract Management – Ensure Shared Understanding (of the Contract)

We will take a look at number 10 of the UK National Audit Office insights


UK Election – Brexit Negotiations Thrown Into Doubt After Shock Election Result

Political chaos likely as Brexit negotiations loom


Defence Co-operation and Collaborative Procurement for the EU – Maybe?

New EU fund for research and equipment sharing


NAO on Commercial & Contract Management – Keep Up Competitive Tension

Another useful “insight” for buyers and contracting authorities


Social Value in UK Central and Local Government

Update and ideas from recent Procurex event


NAO on Commercial & Contract Management – Properly Evaluate Bids

Tender evaluation processes is often seen as a basic or mechanical process. It isn’t.