Down the Procurement Pub with HS2, DHL, Supply Business and Georgia

I did do a certain amount of pub visiting this week but was very forgetful about taking photos. But I can recommend the Windmill , just off Regent Street in London, for a very good pint of Young’s Bitter and excellent pies!


Contracts for around £7 billion worth of construction work needed as part of the proposed High Speed 2 (HS2) national high-speed rail line will be put out to tender next month. The Financial Times reported that at least eight consortiums made up of Europe's largest construction companies intend to bid for the work, even though the legislation underpinning the project would not be finalised until late 2016 at the earliest.

HS2 Ltd, the publicly-funded company responsible for developing and promoting the new railway line, told the Financial Times that procurement would begin in September. The early start would allow successful bidders to "invest in recruitment, training and education" and would "help [HS2 Ltd] ensure the project remains on time and on budget", a spokesperson said. So get your bid teams lined up, construction firms!


Have you seen Supply Business magazine recently? this was supposed to be the CIPS / Redactive Media publication for senior executives, not necessarily just the CPO but also the Chief Executive, CFO , COO… etc. It was to be published four times a year but the last edition appears to have been the January 2015 issue. Anyone out there seen one since?


The UK Department of Health (via the NHS Business Services Authority) announced yesterday the award of a two-year contract extension to DHL to continue running the NHS Supply Chain operation until September 2018. DHL were told some time ago that they would not get the five-year extension that was allowed in the contract, and we suspect some serious negotiations have gone on since. Some folk in the sector will be disappointed that there is any continued contract. Others will be pleased, seeing a Supply Chain operation incentivized in the right way as a potentially powerful tool to help the NHS achieve better procurement performance and results. There are various commitments for DHL in the new deal, which we will feature in more detail next week.


Reading Festival is only a week away, and we will have our preview of the event over the weekend. But our musical treat today comes from a young woman from London, who is headlining the "BBC Introducing" stage on Friday. That is a tiny stage out in the middle of the open-air arena, featuring very new and young artists. (Only two years ago, we saw Catfish and the Bottlemen playing to about 50 people on that stage - now they sell out Brixton Academy). Georgia (Barnes), unlike most of the artists on that stage, has released her first album, and she is definitely one to watch for the future, with a distinctive and creative approach to her very contemporary electronic indie / dance music. She wrote, played and produced everything on the album by the way.

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  1. DrGordy:

    You ask about the CIPS mag – there hasn’t been a Branch meeting in Northern Ireland for as long as I can remember – such is the commitment to CPD.

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