February 19, 2013
On his current three-day visit to India, UK Prime Minister David Cameron buy cialis online has urged the Indian government to cut regulation and red tape to help encourage trade and investment from UK businesses.
In return, he announced a same-day visa service for Indian business people to attract them to the UK. (more…)
January 23, 2013
In or out of the European Union? That is the question David Cameron has promised to give the people of the UK the chance to answer.
In a speech at Bloomberg HQ this morning, the Prime Minister said his party would put negotiating a better deal for Britain’s role in the EU, front and centre of its manifesto for 2015.
If successful in winning a majority, it would then launch a referendum, simply asking should Britain be in or out of the EU. By extension, the referendum would also be asking whether or not EU procurement rules would continue to impact on UK buyers. (more…)
November 2, 2012
A new supply chain finance scheme was announced by Prime Minister David Cameron last week. It is the latest in a long line of government initiatives to get much-needed cash into the hands of small business owners (SMEs). (more…)
October 23, 2012
Sadly, my invitation to today’s roundtable on the government’s Supply Chain Finance Scheme seems to have got lost in the post. As a result, I am unable to share with you how the host, prime minister David Cameron, and his idea is received by his guests – a number of senior figures from the UK business world.
However, having read the background on what he is proposing – a scheme whereby a supplier gains access to a low-interest loan from a bank once its customer has verified that it will pay them – I can weigh in to some degree. Earlier this year, I attended a different roundtable event on the subject of late payment and I’m pretty confident this idea would have gone down well, at least in principle. (more…)
June 6, 2012
Do we need to re-think how we measure the health of an economy? Is there more to it than balancing the books?
Following the UK’s return to recession and the mounting crisis in the Eurozone, numerous column inches have been written by economists on what the financial statistics actually mean and what fiscal policies are needed to stimulate growth and turn the numbers around.
December 21, 2011
Last week, David Cameron said the time had come for public figures to teach “right from wrong” and questioned whether the Church of England had done enough to defend those in the face of the “moral neutrality” that pervades modern life.
Procurement as a discipline also has a unique opportunity to ensure that the commerce, finance and the contractual acumen of the purchasing process addresses values and morals. (more…)
September 16, 2011
Prime Minister David Cameron said in February that he wanted to increase the amount of government work awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises from around 5 to 25 per cent. In order to do that, he said, it needed to overhaul the way it does business and would support central government purchasers who take a chance on smaller suppliers.
However, speaking at the SME Public Procurement Conference 2011 at Painters’ Hall in London yesterday, Chuka Umunna MP, shadow minister for small business and enterprise questioned whether another government policy – more aggregated deals – was resulting in fewer opportunities for SMEs. (more…)
July 18, 2011
As a village boy born and bred, I was excited to hear David Cameron is planning to give villages the power to commission certain public services. It seems only right a place with one pub, a church, no shop and a lot of grass should be able to choose different service providers than a place with loads of shops, busy roads and 24-hour nightclubs.
The philosophy of the Prime Minister’s Open Public Service whitepaper is sound (provided you take them as writ). But nevertheless, I think they could be disastrous. (more…)