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Current affairs and general interest

Marketing and Procurement Can Help Stop Social Media Evil

So what is worse – modern slavery or paedophilia? Procurement professionals - through CIPS and other initiatives such as Electronics Watch – are taking a […]

Procurement’s Gender Gap – Is It Really A Procurement Problem?

An article published by Procurement Leaders that popped up in my feed the other day managed to be both thought-provoking and somewhat naïve in equal […]

Why Don’t SMEs Win More Government Work – Our Readers Comment

We reported here on the disappointing figures quietly released by the UK government recently that showed spend with smaller firms (SMEs) declining in 2015/16. While […]

More on Government Spend with Smaller Firms – Why Isn’t It Growing?

While it was good to see Civil Service World picking up on the story about government’s declining spend with smaller suppliers (see our original story […]

Defence Single-Source Procurement – NAO Report and CEO Resigns

Marcine Waterman has resigned from her post as Chief Executive of the UK’s Single Source Regulation Office (SSRO), the body that regulates defence procurement when […]

Crisis in Catalonia – the Supply Chain Risk Perspective

There are many implications and issues around the events in Catalonia, with the government there declaring independence from Spain. That was rapidly followed by the […]

Bombardier and Boeing Trade Dispute Threatens Jobs – Bad News For Procurement Too

The trade dispute between Bombardier and Boeing, which involves the governments of the US, Canada and the UK highlights the complexity of these matters. The […]

Liverpool and Lancashire Outsourcing Investigation Rolls On

This is a complex story that has been reported for some time. But it still hasn’t become clear really to the external observer just what […]

Confessions of a Cycling Virgin – Portsmouth to Bournemouth On a Bike in the Wind

Don't drink too much Elvis Juice at the Brewdog pub off Oxford Street, is the moral of today's story. Because that way you might end […]

Maude Lays Into Civil Service – But Did His Procurement Reforms Work?

Francis (Lord) Maude, ex Minister for the Cabinet Office and de facto “minister for procurement” from 2010-15 has laid into the civil service.  Civil Service […]

PFI Contracts – Who Pays the Ultimate Price?

We note that private finance initiative (PFI) – a procurement method using private sector investment to deliver public sector infrastructure and services – has been […]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

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