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Current affairs and general interest

Amazon Buys Whole Foods Market Inc – Supermarkets Watch Out!

On Friday, Amazon announced (subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals) the acquisition of Whole Foods Market Inc, a major US-based grocery retailer. Whilst it is […]

UK Election – Random Observations

We’re all still a little bit in shock here after the election. As this is published, I am on my way to Prague for the […]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from Last Week

Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to European public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public […]

UK Election Chaos – Weak and Wobbly, Not Strong and Stable

Well that wasn’t supposed to happen, was it? I hope your business risk analysis considered the option of more months of political and economic uncertainty. […]

US Withdraws from Paris Climate Change Agreement – The End of An Era?

(We wrote this article last Friday, but the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement has been knocked off the front pages in the UK […]

The Domesday Book, Gallery Oldham, Dot-to-Dot, Snake Pass – the Best of England?

Happy Spring Bank Holiday everybody. So we’re home after our whirlwind summer holiday / tour of England. After the LUPC / SUPC conference on Wednesday […]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to European public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public […]

Conflicting Signals from UK Economy – Be Prepared Is The Message

What is happening in the UK economy? There are contradictory indicators, that‘s for sure. Let’s start with CIPS (the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) […]

The Labour Manifesto – What Does It Say About Procurement? (or Efficiency? or Value?)

We gave an overview of the Labour Party manifesto here, so today let us go though some of the ideas and promises in more detail. […]

The Conservative Party Manifesto – Public Procurement Not An Issue

The Conservative Party manifesto was published last week, and while unlike the Labour version it doesn’t make many new spending commitments, it does signal a […]

The Labour Manifesto – Some Good Ideas But Ideological and Financial Questions

The Labour manifesto – all 128 pages of it - contains some ideas that in themselves will appear very sensible and even desirable to many […]

Gonna Make You A (Contract) Offer You Can’t Refuse – Grayling Persuades Mace To Back Off HS2 Challenge

You can imagine the scene. The Mafia boss is addressing his rivals, around the dinner table, following a particularly nasty outbreak of inter-family violence. There […]