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The Two Butchers – A Parable About Protectionism, SMEs and Public Procurement

Continuing our best of 2017 round-up; this was originally published in three installments back in May. Reading this again, it might actually be the best […]

Down the Procurement Pub with CIPS, Coupa, Industrial Strategy and Betsy

The CIPS Fellows’ Winter Dinner was sold out with around 70 of us sitting down in the beautiful setting of the Oriental Club in London […]

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 […]

Trump on Afghanistan and the Garden Bridge – Two Examples of the Same Fallacy

Two seemingly unconnected events of the past couple of weeks actually both emphasised one of the most basic, fundamental and yet often ignored principles of […]

Economies of Scale – A Procurement Myth? ( Part 2)

We talked about economies of scale yesterday and how they did or do not apply to different organisations; and touched on other factors that may […]

Economies of Scale – A Procurement Myth?

Another of our "blasts from the past" and another that is as relevant today as when we first published it ... _____________ A surprising amount […]

Only 8 Weeks Until eWorld Procurement and Supply – Keynote From Dr John Glen

Looking ahead to after the summer holiday period, we will be back at the QEII Centre in Westminster on September 26th 2017 for the latest […]

The Butter Market – Spreading To New Heights!

We’re used to commodity price variation being dramatic for products such as cocoa or oil. However, one of the unexpected trends in recent months has […]

Down the Procurement Pub with the PM, Guy Allen, Hugh Barrett and Kacy Hill

Now we are into July, it is officially the holiday season. So to get you into the mood, two procurement friends who are doing something […]

Both UK Economic and Global Geo-Political Risks Grow

We don’t often talk about supply chain risk two days running but there are good reasons to do that today. We mentioned our new paper […]

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 […]