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Procurement Practitioner or Solution Provider – A Tough Career Decision

A friend of mine has a tricky decision to make. He has been a procurement practitioner for more than ten years – he’s a fair […]

Yet Another “Minister for Procurement” Takes the Government Commercial Hot Seat

With all the Carillion “excitement”, we’ve somewhat ignored the recent UK government ministerial reshuffle last week, which turned out not quite as planned for Prime […]

Down the Procurement Nederhütte with Davies, Poole, Gartner, NAO and This Is The Kit

You might have guessed from the somewhat unusual choice of music video in last week’s procurement pub, but I wasn't in Camberley but  actually in […]

Bill Michels To Head Up CIPS In The USA – A Direct Challenge to ISM?

In a fascinating announcement on Friday, CIPS (the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) announced that it has appointed “procurement expert Bill Michels to be […]

Procurement Success in 2018 – Some Simple (But Important) Reminders

Happy New Year and welcome back after the holiday season – we are getting back to full coverage here at the dynamic head office of […]

Retaining Procurement Talent – Lessons From Spurs

Another of our favourite articles from 2017 ... Regular readers know that anything can set us off with a thought or idea about procurement that […]

Coffee with Melinda Johnson – Health Commercial Director Impresses at HCSA Event

We’re going to have a few articles this week (and probably into next) about last week’s HCSA (Health Care Supply Association) conference, covering my own […]

Andrew Forzani Jets In As New Procurement Commander At UK Ministry Of Defence

Andrew Forzani has been appointed the new Ministry of Defence Chief Commercial Officer. He takes over from Steve Morgan, who we believe is retiring. Morgan […]

Down the Procurement Pub With CIPS, Laura Forzani, and The Big Moon

This is me and old friend, Alan Thomson, who has spent the last few years teaching negotiating (mainly to sales people) with the Gap Partnership […]

Is HR Stopping Procurement Recruiting The Right People?

Through August, we’re going to be running some of our “greatest hits” from what is almost seven years of Spend Matters UK/Europe.  We’ll keep bringing […]

Department of Health Scores Top Drugs Man As Commercial Supremo

Last week the UK Department of Health appointed its first ever Chief Commercial Officer, Steve Oldfield. We described the job here when it was advertised […]

We’re All (Not) Going On Our Summer Holidays

The school holidays are now under way across the UK, and parents in their millions are celebrating with unfettered joy the prospect of six weeks […]