Innovation in Procurement

Helping London boroughs procure better

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In its first year of operation, one of LOTI’s three work areas hasĀ focused on improving public sector’s technology procurement. As part of this, in November last year and in collaboration with Bloomberg Associates, we launched the City Tools: London – a report and dashboard which showcased all the technologies and accompanying contracts that enable local authorities in London to deliver their services.

Boroughs told us they’d like to see more of this data as standard, to enable them to share good practice about technologies they use and collaborate where possible, to procure better and to understand new innovations in the marketplace. To address these specific needs we built Thirty3 – a platform which with boroughs help and support, we hope will become the much needed one-stop for boroughs and SMEs.

Another strand we’ve initiated work on in the past year has been improving procurement processes, taking Housing Services contracts as an example of how things can be improved. Building on all this, we’ve recently commissioned the team at PUBLIC to work with us in three main areas:

  1. Creating Innovation in Procurement Guidance
  2. Applying the Innovation in Procurement Guidance to a specific opportunity
  3. Reviewing and suggesting improvements to Thirty3 Data



Innovation in Procurement Toolkit

Innovation in Procurement Tooklit by LOTI and PUBLIC - designed to help councils improve their procurement outcomes when purchasing technology products and services.

Project Timeline

Website version LOTI - Housing Workshop #3


Housing Services Tender Workshop 3

In this workshop, boroughs explored the different procurement options that would help them realise more innovative procurement outcomes.



Housing Services Tender Workshop 2

In this workshop, boroughs explored common business objectives, needs, and outcomes for users of Housing Services.

Website version - LOTI - Housing Services system Workshop #2


WEBSITE version - LOTI - Housing Workshop #1

Housing Services Tender Workshop 1

Horizon scanning – in this workshop, boroughs were presented with details of legacy and innovative suppliers, informed by market analysis conducted by PUBLIC. The main discussion focused on the feasibility and desirability of suggested procurement approaches.


Innovation in Procurement Toolkit

Developed in collaboration with PUBLIC, this toolkit helps to make technology procurement in London boroughs more collaborative, innovative, and effective.


Summary of discussion on opportunities across:

  • Collaborative commissioning and joint procurement exercises
  • Sharing intelligence on market engagement
  • Aligning contracts and supplier relationship management practices
LOTI - Innovation in Procurement Workshop Summary (1)

LOTI Innovation in Procurement


Small and large suppliers were invited to share their views in this survey.


The PUBLIC team spent the first few weeks interviewing borough officers, to better understand the problems they face and opportunities for improving procurement. This is a summary of activities and key problem areas.


PUBLIC appointed

Project Kick-off