Happy Spring Holiday to our Readers – Enjoy the Sunshine

Today is Spring Bank Holiday in the UK, or Whit Monday as it used to be known, when it had a religious connection that even those of us who went to church were never quite sure we understood. In the US, it is Memorial Day, also a public holiday; there, it was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all the men and women who have died in military service for the United States.

But these days, in the UK at least, it is simply a chance to take advantage of the early summer sun if we're lucky, and sit in endless traffic jams as we attempt to visit the seaside, shopping centres, Legoland, friends or family.

That is what we have been doing for the last few days - the friends and family option, not Legoland -  combined with some business. Driving around England, from south to north west and north east, it does make you wonder if the politicians who expound the benefits of immigration (some of which are genuine) have ever actually tried to move between the major cities of the UK on a bank holiday?

We were stuck as the A1 was closed for hours following a crash last week, whilst in other places such as coming over the Pennines to Manchester the lengthy queues just seem to be accepted as business as usual. You can't help feeling at times there are already too many people for the available infrastructure in many parts of England, and it does worry me just what the country will look like with another few million inhabitants.

Anyway, back to happier matters. We won't be blogging today, but will be back tomorrow as usual. And if you're missing us, why not download some of the recent papers we've published?

The Consumerisation of Corporate Systems – Can business procurement technology learn from the consumer world?

Contingent Labour Review: Key Procurement Priorities (Part 1) — Setting the scene for change

The Five Principles of Sourcing

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