Down the procurement pub with the Bluelight portal, Boeing, Proxima, health data and Hozier

The Museum Tavern for a working lunch with Guy Allen. Good beer selection, but £6.29 for a toasted cheese and ham sarnie (with salad) or £8.08 with chips.  Eight quid!  And you'd think you might get salad and chips for £8 but no, they remove the salad if you have the chips.

Museum tavern menuA real rip-off, which pub operators Taylor Walker can get away with because the clientele is largely tourists from the British Museum over the road. (In another of their pubs down the road, the same sandwich is slightly cheaper at £5.69).  So let's give thanks to Wetherspoons, and lots of independent pubs, and black mark to Taylor Walker.

 

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So the Department of Health's Procurement Atlas has proved the most controversial geographical announcement since Copernicus said the earth was round. Difference is, he was right, whereas the Department seems to have erred here in producing data that is being thoroughly trashed by everyone in sight. See the many comments we've had on this for more detail, many thanks to everyone who has contributed ... and of course we will return to this next week.

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Deon Anderson , an ex Boeing procurement exec, pleaded guilty to fraud changes in the US – he supplied firms confidential information on competitor bids and historical price information in connection with Boeing military aircraft part purchase order request for quotes. As Supply Management reported; “William Boozer used the information in preparing and submitting bids on behalf of his company Globe Dynamics in response to 16 different Boeing Company Defense Space and Security Division requests for quotes. Anderson was given cash payments by Boozer to provide the information for the bids”.

So is this the first case of someone getting into the trouble for going to the Boozer and obtaining rather than spending all their money? (Sorry ...!)

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The Bluelight procurement portal and eTendering software within it are used by most of the police forces in the UK. Following a competitive process, over the next few months, the system which is currently operated by Due North will be gradually replaced by a new system provided by EU Supply. So well done to EU Supply, a firm we have met at conferences but never really spoken to (and we need to put that right), and bad news for Due North, part of the larger Access Intelligence plc software group.

In a very good example of collaborative activity, the police procurement community ran a very thorough tender to choose the supplier here, after the existing Due North contract had been extended. Due North bid of course but were pipped by EU Supply. We understand EU Supply wasn't either quite the cheapest of the nine bidders or the top technical scorer on the evaluation (which sensibly took price and performance factors into account), but offered a very competitive price and strong functionality so won out overall. And we'll take a look at the new system once it is in place.

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Procurement outsourcing firm Proxima has announced they are doubling the size of their team in Cwmbran, Wales, recruiting another 70 staff to be based there. "It's a great place for our team" said Guy Strafford. "We are seeing increased demand from clients for us to take on sourcing in the Leeks, Male Voice Choirs and Slate spend categories, so this is a perfect place".

Sorry, cliched joke there. In truth, good news for Wales and Proxima, and an interesting example of what the outsourcing geeks call "nearshoring". We need to write something about that soon. Proxima got support from the Welsh Government, but it wasn't just that.  "The calibre of staff we have recruited here and the strong partnership we have developed with Cardiff Business School and the University of South Wales’ Chartered Institute for Purchasing and Supply Centre of Excellence underscore the attractiveness of the region as a place to do business ..."

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We’re beginning to get excited about Reading Festival, only six weeks away now, so we will be featuring here some of the exciting young bands and artists that we’re looking forward to seeing. Here is the first - Hozier (full name Andrew Hozier-Byrne) is a 24 year old Irish singer-songwriter whose vibe is somewhere between the more conventional David Gray / Ray Lamontagne style and the left-field sound of James Blake. He’s already played the Letterman show in the US, and his first album in September is likely to propel him further into the musical stratosphere. This is beautiful.

 

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