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Kobe Metals Crisis – Who Can We Trust?

We’re used to issues of quality and provenance coming to the fore in the food industry, with horsemeat and other scandals over the years,  chicken […]

Down the Procurement Pub with the NHS, Grenfell Tower and Barns Courtney

This has been a very social week. It started with a drink with Guy Allen, my partner for several years in the BravoSolution Real World […]

Colin Cram Asks – Should Construction Procurement In UK Local Government Be Centralised?

We haven’t always seen eye to eye with ex-civil servant procurement executive Colin Cram, particularly in terms of his views that Tesco was a good […]

Grenfell Tower – Cladding Specifications and Regulations Central to Investigations

(I wrote this before the Newsnight programme last night which raised some disturbing issues about the process for approving building products like cladding. I'm sure […]

Barratt Developments Fraud – Certainly Was a “Different Procurement Process”

As the old expression says, “where there’s muck, there’s brass”. In other words, there is money to be made in dirty, unpleasant jobs. But we […]

Construction – a Risky Business

We welcome this post from guest author Daniel Ball, director at Manchester-based eProcurement specialist, Wax Digital. Relatively speaking, building sites are dangerous places to work. Figures […]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

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

Exclusive! BiP Solutions Announces Acquisition of Pro-Mark Media

This morning BiP Solutions (BiP) announced its acquisition of Pro-Mark Media (PMM) -- a leading UK construction media company -- strengthening both firms’ capabilities in […]

Public Procurement – Legal Ruling against Winchester Council, You Can’t Vary a Contract THAT Much!

A legal judgement affecting the beautiful and ancient city of Winchester has some implications that procurement people generally should note. Although technically we might see […]

London’s Garden Bridge, Joanna Lumley and a Dodgy Procurement Process

It's not every day that I get quoted in the Architects Journal, (behind a paywall unfortunately, but you can read one free article a day) […]

Supply Chain Risk and deaths connected with the 2022 World Cup

Is another type of supply chain reputational risk emerging from the construction projects related to the World Cup in Qatar? The Guardian has taken a […]