#Localgov Update | Partnering, procurement in Local Public Services

Dear members

I hope you’re all keeping well.

We have some exciting events and opportunities coming up this month. This Thursday we have a briefing on how COVID-19 has impacted local government procurement and the future trends and opportunities there. In May, we see the return of our Partnering & Networking event and this time each session will be themed around a service or outcome, the first one being on social care.

This Friday we will also be hosting our third post COVID-19 world webinar looking at how it will reshape our cities. You can register here. We've also launched our third survey of the sector to explore the impact of COVID-19, please take five minutes to complete it. You can visit our dedicated COVID-19 hub for all the latest news and guidance.

Finally, for those working in the smart city space, last week I had the pleasure to talk with Matthew Pinder, Smart Cities Project Officer, at Medway Council about their plans. They are looking at trials and living labs and you’re welcome to get in touch with him if you would like to help shape their strategy.

All the best,  


Head of Local Public Services
T +44 (0) 20 7331 2029


#techUKlocalgov: latest


techUK launches webinar series on future post COVID-19 and last week it was all about public services and communities
For the local government webinar we were joined by Paul Brewer at Adur & Worthing Councils, Mark Thompson at Methods, Ingrid Koehler at LGiU and Helen Gerling, Shaping Cloud as well as Vice Chair of techUK’s Local Public Services Committee. If you missed it, you can watch and hear insights on how COVID-19 will reshape our communities and public services here.

Local government procurement briefing
Join us on 30 April for this virtual briefing for techUK members to better understand the procurement implications during COVID-19, as well as the future role of suppliers in supporting councils now and in the future. Register here.

Growing partnerships in the local govtech market
techUK’s Partnering & Networking event series returns, with the first one focussing on social care. If you’d like to pitch at the event on 14 May register here.

Market engagement opportunity with TfL: Surface Technology Contracts
Transport for London (TfL) is preparing to open preliminary market consultations on the next generation of contracts known as the Surface Technology Contracts.

Help shape Medway’s Smart City Strategy
In this blog you will find out a bit more about Medway’s smart city ambition and how you can get involved.

techUK - COVID-19 survey: third wave
Today, techUK has launched the third in a series of COVID-19 surveys of the sector. The survey – which will run until 3 May 2020, looks to get a better understanding of how COVID-19 is impacting your businesses and your thoughts on Government support.

techUK Podcast - Healthtech during COVID-19
In the latest techUK podcast, we look at developments in the UK’s health tech space as the COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of stopping. techUK's Health team are running a series of events over the course of this week, so get involved.


#techUKlocalgov: Action and reaction


techUK opens industry coronavirus support hub for councils (UKAuthority)
techUK has been working with Socitm to collate offers from the tech industry to support local governments response to COVID-19.

New financial support for innovative and high-growth tech companies
The new packages provide coverage for high-growth start-ups and scale-ups as well as R&D focused companies.

Councils given new powers to hold meetings digitally during COVID-19
Local authorities in England have been given the power to hold public meetings through video or telephone conferencing technology.


#techUKlocalgov: Other news


Beyond the crisis: How might local government build a positive legacy after Covid? (LOTI)
Blog by Eddie Copeland, Director at the London Office for Technology & Innovation on how COVID-19 has changed some of the ways councils are working and potential legacy.

NCSC calls for public to alert them on phishing emails
The NCSC has launched a suspicious email reporting service, which asks the public to forward any questionable emails direct to them.




All upcoming training courses at techUK Academy will run online as our office is closed due to the COVID-19.

30 April - Blockchain Explained: A Masterclass for Busy Leaders
6 May - Sell Yourself
12 May - Winning Demos Masterclass

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