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Jenny Draper Joins Spend Matters UK Team – Major Focus On SolutionMap

Here at Spend Matters Towers, the nerve centre of the sprawling media empire that dominates the world of procurement news, analysis, opinion and scurrilous gossip, […]

Crown Commercial Service Annual Report – CEO Signs Off

Another recent government announcement (amongst the end of term rush) we were slow to pick up on was the Crown Commercial Service Annual Report and […]

The Future of Procurement – Part 2, What Needs To Change Now?

We welcome another two-part guest post on our summer hot topic of the Future of Procurement – this is from Alan Haynes, and yesterday he […]

Overblown Claims From CIPS – Top Procurement Pros List Cannot Be “Definitive”

The current edition of Supply Management, the CIPS magazine, is a strong one, with an interesting piece on storytelling, and a good (if unchallenging) interview […]

CIPS Fellows Ride The Mail Rail! (And Learn About Royal Mail Procurement …)

The CIPS Fellows events calendar is very impressive these days, thanks to Shirley Cooper and her dedicated associates on the committee. (Can you spot Shirley […]

Why Are Women Paid Less Than Men – Procurement Needs To Look Beyond Headlines

We got involved the other weekend in a bit of a Twitter debate about the idea (in a Tweet from a certain well known procurement […]

Down the Procurement Pub with Lawson, Tyldesley, Passports and Courtney Barnett

This is me lunching at the Great Fosters Tudor Room restaurant this week near Egham – a celebration, for reasons we aren't going to mention, […]

National Procurement Service of Wales: The BBC Gets Over-Excited …

At the end of last week, public sector procurement in Wales hit the headlines – well, in Wales anyway, as the BBC seemed (as far […]

Procurement Practitioner or Solution Provider – A Tough Career Decision

A friend of mine has a tricky decision to make. He has been a procurement practitioner for more than ten years – he’s a fair […]

Yet Another “Minister for Procurement” Takes the Government Commercial Hot Seat

With all the Carillion “excitement”, we’ve somewhat ignored the recent UK government ministerial reshuffle last week, which turned out not quite as planned for Prime […]

Down the Procurement Nederhütte with Davies, Poole, Gartner, NAO and This Is The Kit

You might have guessed from the somewhat unusual choice of music video in last week’s procurement pub, but I wasn't in Camberley but  actually in […]

Bill Michels To Head Up CIPS In The USA – A Direct Challenge to ISM?

In a fascinating announcement on Friday, CIPS (the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) announced that it has appointed “procurement expert Bill Michels to be […]