Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

IEA responds to prospect of tougher VAT rules on apps

NCSC statement on incident affecting FireEye

Superfast broadband for homes and businesses in the North

Unpacking the UK’s Newly Announced Centre on Artificial Intelligence

Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Education (ACE-CSE) - Gold and Silver awards

Welsh Language Commissioner’s Office: cyber attack statement

Chair comments on Online Harms legislation

Tackling long term data centre skills shortages

ACEd It! UK universities recognised for excellence in cyber security education


More than 1 in 5 UK citizens have a disability. Inclusivity is not an optional extra, accessibility is not a project.

As the deadline fast approaches for all public sector mobile apps to meet EU Accessibilty criteria, ALL public sector organsations MUST publish an accessibilty statement by June 23rd 2021.

As such, Invotra Consulting are conducting a short survey on web accessibility to support organisations on their journeys towards providing an equal experience for all.

All participants will be in with a chance of winning an accessibility training session worth £1500!

Take the short survey

Editor’s choice of Health, Social Care & Homelessness related items of note:

Extra help for rough sleepers with drug and alcohol dependency

Sharp rise in coronavirus numbers and a new variant

Health and Social Care Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 14 December 2020

Homeless death statistics highlight health emergency of homelessness

NHS Confederation - More regions to move to Tier 3 but is it enough to protect the NHS

Pilot of COVID-19 vaccination roll-out to care homes to begin

London, South Essex, and South Hertfordshire to move to Tier 3 restrictions

Nearly one in five women screened positive for possible eating disorder

November 2020 findings from COVID-19 study published

CQC publishes second part of independent review into its regulation of Whorlton Hall

Editor’s choice of Business / Commercial items of note:

Without more support, jobs will be lost and businesses will close

UK and Switzerland sign services agreement

CBI comments on labour market statistics

Feedback informs new construction opportunity for SMEs

UK Trader Scheme launched to support businesses moving goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland

Winter Essential Frameworks from ESPO

CBI Scotland responds to latest labour market statistics

New plans set out to transform procurement, providing more value for money and benefitting small business

UK and Mexico sign trade deal

Best practice skills and certification for business recovery

Editor’s choice of Policy & General items of note:

Response to Government’s Online Harms announcement

Youth unemployment committee recommended to the House

So, what has 2020 been like for GeoPlace?

FCA fines and prohibits hedge fund Chief Investment Officer for market abuse

Focus rail investment on linking key cities in North and Midlands to unlock economic benefits, says Commission

Get Serious: Illicit Finance is a Threat to the US–UK Special Relationship

NEPO supports digital library provision during COVID-19

Record numbers choosing Computer Science degrees - new data reveals

New UK Government Covid testing site opens in Kilmarnock

Latest Quarterly Housing Statistics published

UK leads the way in a ‘new age of accountability’ for social media

MI5 Publishes Gender Pay Gap Report 2020

SME Supplier Locator update...

UK Government and public sector spend with SME’s is continually on the increase and by 2020, it is the stated intent of Cabinet Office that £1 of every £3 spent on government contracts goes to SME’s. 

Against this ambitious backdrop, the WiredGov Supplier Locator service has been developed specifically to embrace the SME Agenda and provide the ideal platform for SME’s to promote their services, solutions, accreditation and success stories directly to our ever increasing audience across all government and public sector verticals and Tier 1 suppliers.

Recent arrivals to the SME Supplier Locator service include:

Click here to find out more.

New Dimension Exhibitions Ltd


 More contributions to the Brexit process

Still a ‘hot topic’, with widely spread views:

Researched Links:

GOV. UK – Brexit

Latest Documents

GOV.UK Brexit Search

CBI responds to continuation of UK-EU trade negotiations

New information and advice centre opens to help hauliers in Brexit transition

Inquiry on post-Brexit UK-EU law enforcement and security cooperation

Please choose from the links below to view individual sections of interest:

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ESPO Christmas Closedown
ESPO will be closed for two weeks over the Christmas period from 19 December 2020 to 3 January 2021. Please place your order by Monday 14 December for delivery by 18 December.

Introducing our Creative Craft brochure
Autumn is already upon us and with so many events happening throughout this term, it’s time to start celebrating by getting creative in the classroom! Our Creative Craft Autumn Brochure is packed full of products and inspiration to get you started.

Winter Essential Frameworks
To help you and your organisation get through the winter season, we have highlighted a range of easy to use and free-to-access essential frameworks for the cold months ahead.

Framework 3A Now Live!
Our new and improved Advertising Solutions framework (3A-20) is now live, offering public sector customers a quick, simple and competitive route to procure advertising solutions.

Alternatives for high demand products

At ESPO, we know that the unprecedented circumstances surrounding Covid-19 have seen many supply chains adversely affected and you may not be able to source your usual brand of cleaning and hygiene product.