The Efficiency and Reform Group ERG has been given a welcome hug by the Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) in its latest report on the body’s progress, published today.
Not bad at all is the verdict on its ability to deliver savings across central government. The PAC said the ERG could do a bit more about clarifying its responsibilities and those of other government departments, but on the whole, a good job has been done so far. (more…)
Here is SM’s round-up of the day’s action, and if you would like to relive the whole day in full, you can view a replay of the live blog, by clicking here.
David Noble likened the procurement profession to a solid Premier League football team, but one that currently lacks the top stars. He said now is the time for purchasing to develop young people so they can be the superstars of tomorrow. (more…)
Days like this that are away from the usual routine may seem a luxury, but they’re essential to progressing professional development. They are a chance to step back from day-to-day work and do what we here at Supply Management get to do every day – find out what’s going on in the wider profession. (more…)
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…)
The Audit Commission is to be scrapped, 44,000 cost-saving ideas have been posted on the UK Spending Challenge website, and two big hitters have been appointed to spearhead the latest efficiency effort.
John Collington, now former Home Office commercial director, was expected to take up his post as head of procurement in the Cabinet Office’s new Efficiency and Reform Group yesterday. And Sir Philip Green, the chief of clothing retailer Arcadia Group, has been asked by prime minister David Cameron to lead an external review of government spending. (more…)