Whilst procurement can deliver savings and improve supply chain relationships in isolation, it's at its most powerful when it's integrated into wider business operations. Making this a reality usually requires senior management support. But does senior management understand procurement?
A recent ...(read more)
Prime Minister Theresa May has outlined how government procurement can drive innovation, particularly from small businesses, in a recent speech to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Annual Conference.
The PM announced that this would form part of the review of the Small Businesses Resea...(read more)
The measures introduced by NHS Improvement (then Monitor) last November are clearly working, saving over £600m in its first year. How is the NHS going about reducing agency spend and where are the effects being felt?
The CEO of NHS Improvement, Jim Mackey, recently stated that: “The NHS simply...(read more)
At the recent CIPS Supply Management Awards, CIPS CEO David Noble highlighted how influence should be a key focus for procurement's success in an evolving supply chain environment.
Reflecting on the entries for the awards, he identified a trend for increasing collaboration and teamwork. Working m...(read more)
The Deloitte Global CPO Survey 2016 has been released offering ‘unprecedented insight into CPO sentiment’. What does it tell us about the development of digital procurement?
With input from more than 300 senior procurement leaders across 33 countries, the survey found that for nearly 75% of C...(read more)
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the Crown Commercial Service have joined together to create an anti-bid-rigging procurement tool. Specifically designed for procurement professionals, the free e-learning tool serves to increase awareness of bid-rigging, how to avoid it, spot the warni...(read more)
Vigilance against procurement fraud is crucial for ensuring your organisation gets the right results from its procurement. It's also essential to preserving stakeholder trust, company reputation and preventing unnecessary overspend.
Procurement fraud can be difficult detect as well as complex to ...(read more)
It’s fair to say that no-one really knows what the recent vote to for Brexit will mean in practice, let alone how it will affect procurement communities in the UK public and private sectors.
The EU has had a fairly significant impact on public procurement in the UK, both in terms of regulation ...(read more)
As someone responsible for procurement in a construction firm, you may well feel pressure to consistently secure the lowest prices. But is it always wise to pursue cost over all other factors?
Selecting the lowest-priced tender might seem a sensible action especially in the current economic clima...(read more)
A report by international law firm Eversheds reveals that 80% of board-level executives have uncovered bribery and other corrupt procurement practices in their organisations. These surprising findings, gathered from 500 senior executives across 12 countries, confirm it as a significant and global is...(read more)