Spend Matters UK/Europe Round-Up

Here's what Peter's been up to this week:

Would you care to take a survey and receive a free report? -- Source for Consulting produces a "Quarterly Buying Trends in Management Consulting" report which is a very useful tool for anyone in the sector (buyer or seller). The survey that feeds into the report is now live – firms (buy side only, not consultants) who complete the survey receive a free copy of the report in return. So follow this link to see and complete the survey, and get yourself the results free – deadline for contribution is Friday 24th June and the final report will be distributed late July.

What makes a good procurement recruiter? -- The news about CIPS and GPA and our recent posts on the subject got me thinking about just what makes a good recruitment service provider? As someone who has been a candidate many times, and a recruiter (on a pretty large scale at times), it comes down for me to one primary factor. Whilst process and quality management are important, the ability, reliability and values of the people who are actually working on your recruitment task seem to me the main factors.

Using procurement frameworks and PSLs successfully -- So, we've published a couple of pieces on frameworks, featuring the new ESPO catering services agreement and the platform provided by Intenda to help users run mini-competitions. In the last one, we highlighted some of the issues around frameworks or preferred supplier lists (PSLs); while they can be very useful in terms of convenience, risk and value management, those benefits will only be realised if they are used appropriately.

The first offshoring by a UK local authority – good idea or madness? -- If you're a free marketeer, which I fundamentally am, then you should of course welcome the news that Conservative-controlled Birmingham council – via their partnership with Capita – are potentially offshoring around 100 jobs to India, as Computerworld explains.

More on UK Government procurement announcements -- Having considered the supporting material issued last Friday, what have we discerned that wasn't immediately obvious around the formation of "Government Procurement" (GP) and the other UK government procurement announcements? Read on!

- Sheena Moore

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