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Peter’s Compendium – A Veritable ‘Matrix’ of Procurement Stories

I never cease to be amazed at the power of Mr Smith’s brain. No – not you Peter – the other Mr Smith – primary […]

A Christmas Case Study – Spend Matters Top Papers

In the run up to Christmas and my passing over the Spend Matters UK/Europe reins, we’ve been featuring some of the briefing papers we’ve written […]

Sir Humphrey Explains the CCS Consulting Framework

(With thanks as ever to Jonathan Lynn and Peter Jay, the brilliant writers of the immortal BBC comedies Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister).   […]

WHITE CHRISTMAS PAPER – Dealing With Seasonal Fluctuation In Times of Crisis

Here is an excerpt from a Paper we published with Trade Extensions a couple of years ago - you can still access the whole paper […]

Procurement Capability Review for the Department of Seasonal Affairs

It’s ten years since I was first involved with the Office of Government Commerce’s Procurement Capability Reviews, in which small teams of civil servants and […]

Yes (Procurement) Minister – How The SME Target Got Developed

In going through or archives to find some interesting “blasts for the past” to feature through August, we came across this from June 2011, which […]

Pepsi Ad – That’s What Happens When You Fire Your Procurement People

… and talking of Pepsi, as we wrote here in our article principally about United Airlines, how on earth did that dreadful advert get made? […]

Kung Fu And The Mysteries of the Purchaser Provider Spilt

(Let's start the week with a bit of humor - or even humour -  with thanks and apologies to the writers of Kung-Fu…) Good morning, […]

Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Commercial Directors (Part 2)

(Read part 1 here). We were about to set off for Whitehall and the Cabinet Office building in our quest to discover the fate of […]

The Mystery of the Disappearing Commercial Specialists (With Apologies To Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

“Holmes, what do you know of the Civil Service Commission"? I asked my friend that question one sultry August afternoon, as we sat in our […]

DWP Universal Credit Programme – What Did Sir Humphrey Know?

One of the biggest technology and change programmes in the UK government is the DWP Universal Credit programme, which is looking to totally change the […]

Guided Buying and Machine Learning – What Does Microsoft’s Tay Experiment Tell Us?

Microsoft launched an Artificial Intelligence, machine-learning Twitter-bot persona last week, “Tay”, supposedly an “18-24” young woman. Tay started well, but within 24 hours, “she” was […]