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UK Central Government spend on consultants up 70% last year according to Bill Crothers

UK central government spent some 70% more on consultants in 2013/14 compared to 2012/13, according to an interview with Bill Crothers reported by Supply Management […]

From Government procurement to a new private sector advisory firm: an entrepreneur’s story

We’re delighted to feature a guest article from David Shields, who until last May was Chief Executive of the Government Procurement Service. He is a founder […]

Winning with Procurement in Asia – according to Bain and Company (part 1)

We mentioned the Bain and Company report on procurement in Asia (“Winning with procurement in Asia”)  a while back, and promised to return to it […]

Cabinet Office SOS – send for the consultants!

The Times on Friday reported that the UK’s Cabinet Office was leading a drive to bring in ‘hundreds’ of external experts to help major programmes […]

Bernhard Raschke joins Korn/Ferry – top supply chain consultant makes the move to executive search

We told you back in July that Bernhard Raschke, PwC’s lead supply chain partner in Europe was leaving the firm. He’s now decided on his […]

An interview with Bernhard Raschke (part 1)

As we reported here, Bernhard Rashcke has left PWC where he was their top global partner in the procurement area. I interviewed him last week […]

Bernhard Raschke – a procurement leader leaves PWC

When we think of the most influential people in procurement, we tend to think of the CPOs of large organisations, plus perhaps the odd academic, […]

Consulting firms to get bigger, buyers need to get better!

Writing “Buying Professional Services” with Fiona Czerniawska was made much easier because of her knowledge of the market, how to get books published, and her […]

The Tenth Day of Christmas – Approving High-Value Consulting Assignments

Dear Rob I received your email on Monday concerning your proposed engagement of management consultants to carry out your strategy development project. Having had a […]

Who procures the consultants who do the procurement?

With all the talk about procurement outsourcing, and the perils of relying too much / not enough on consultants (see various West Coast Rail comments […]

Lowendalmasai report on local authority procurement – better than its headline

We’ve had a dig on a number of occasions at reports that purport to show the huge savings potential in the public sector, but don’t […]

Government guidance on contractors and IR35 – potential implications

We’re coming back today to the government Policy Note on use of contractors (“contingent labour”) issued recently. We explained its contents and the key issue […]