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Current affairs and general interest

Last Month’s IT Supply Chain Developments and Their Impact on Buying Decisions

Al Nagar, Head of Benchmarking, KnowledgeBus, Mercato Solutions, continues his series of monthly advisory pieces sharing recent movements and 'impactors' within key IT product categories, to keep you up to […]

Attack In Westminster – Condolences And Some Big Questions

Our sincere condolences to everyone affected by the attack in Westminster yesterday. It is tragic for the individuals – the policeman, doing his job, and […]

Virgin Care Challenge Health Contract Decision in Surrey

Excitement (but not of a good kind) in the county of Surrey, home to the nerve-centre of Spend Matters Europe. Virgin Care, a private sector […]

How Markets Work – The Economics of Care Homes Spells Trouble For Councils

An understanding of how markets work should be a core element of every procurement professional’s knowledge base, and it is always fascinating to observe how […]

UK Budget – Will It Impact The Contingent Labour Market?

BREAKING NEWS (Wednesday afternoon) - National Insurance Increases Cancelled! Chancellor backs down having read Spend Matters article ...   The UK budget last week had […]

Kung Fu And The Mysteries of the Purchaser Provider Spilt

(Let's start the week with a bit of humor - or even humour -  with thanks and apologies to the writers of Kung-Fu…) Good morning, […]

Down the Procurement Pub with Education, Atlanta, Manzils, and Sundara Karma

We enjoyed an excellent gig last weekend from Sundara Karma. Reading University Students Union (really good venue) saw the band returning to their home town […]

Kraft Heinz and Unilever Merger OFF – Might Have Been Good News For Procurement?

(Breaking News - Sunday 6pm - Kraft Heinz pull out of after reading that Spend Matters has some misgivings about the proposed deal  ... seriously, […]

The Garden Bridge Loses Treasury Support

As fans of the classic TV shows Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister know well, understanding the meaning behind senior civil servants’ words requires a […]

Down the Procurement Pub with Jaggaer, Gartner, the NHS and Sampha

Raj Sharma, founder of Public Spend Forum, has been over from the US this week, so we’ve had a busy time. We did fit in […]

Supply Chain Crisis! We’ve Run Out Of Lettuce!

Another supply chain story hits the headlines and to be honest we don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Here at the HQ of Spend […]

UK Economic Growth Looks Good – But Procurement Should Prepare for Inflation

Remember the predictions of doom, decline and plagues of cockroaches for the UK economy if we voted to leave the EU? There was more previous-word-eating […]