In its first year of operation, one of LOTI’s three work areas focused on improving boroughs’ procurement practices. In November 2019, in collaboration with Bloomberg Associates, we launched the City Tools: London – a report and dashboard showcasing 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 to enable them to share good practice about the technologies they use and to identify opportunities for working together on procurements. To address these specific needs we – together with the GLA and Nitrous London – built Thirty3 – a platform to host the CityTools data and also to share boroughs’ latest procurement opportunities in a way that is more accessible to SMEs.
Complementing this work, we have developed an Innovation in Procurement Toolkit with PUBLIC to help boroughs see how they can improve their own procurement processes to lead to better results. We are currently applying this guidance to help three boroughs improve their procurement of housing services management systems.