March 28, 2013
Following the launch of our last report, Making a Difference we had a bit of a party to celebrate the work of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 over the past seven years, before we finally close down at the end of this month.
Around 100 people turned up but we could have filled the room many times over with all the people who have helped us over the years.
My role as chair of the commission has been unique and I feel very honoured to have been given the opportunity. Working in large corporations, it is tempting to think you are working with a broad church of people but this is not necessarily the case. (more…)
November 15, 2012
1. The Olympic Park had its own power station. If you look beyond the Copper Box you can see a tall chimney with “ENERGY” written on it. This is a plant that generates electricity in a gas engine and uses waste heat to provide hot water and heating for the buildings. It is linked to a similar unit that powers the Westfield Centre. There is a lot of spare capacity in this system, allowing more engines to be added without digging up the Park and replacing pipes, and it will provide efficient energy for generations to come. (more…)
November 12, 2012
Recent high profile news stories have thrust outsourcing into the public spotlight and under this brightness, the industry may seem pale and washed out. Despite this it has to be understood whenever private sector companies bid for public sector contracts there is always a great amount of scrutiny through formal EU governed processes. After all, it is our money being spent, and we want it spent in the best possible way. (more…)
September 19, 2012
generic cialis online17-150×150.jpg” alt=”" width=”100″ height=”100″ />Forget The Great British Bake Off, it’s time to get on board with the great Olympic sell off. Fans are being given the opportunity to buy equipment and furniture used in the London Games.
Items ranging from rakes used to smooth the sand on the beach volleyball courts to the batons used in the relays are up for auction on LOCOG’s official London 2012 site. (more…)
September 11, 2012
buy viagra online at cheap priceid Noble, chief executive, Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply” width=”100″ height=”100″ />The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were a spectacular success by any measure. They were delivered on time and within budget and, as we went to press, predictions of security problems and travel chaos turned out to be groundless. Procurement was at the heart of the operation and the sheer scale of the undertaking was truly impressive: (more…)
September 10, 2012
The G4S Olympic contract debacle certainly brought supplier relationship management (SRM) back into the spotlight during this year’s silly season.
It seems to me there was a failure to comprehensively (and repeatedly) assess the contractor’s capacity and capability to deliver what was (re-negotiated) in the contract. Perhaps there was a mindset that presumed a contract provides assurance of success. (more…)
August 14, 2012
What an Olympics it turned out to be. Usain Bolt was electrifying, Mo Farah obliterated his opponents and Jessica Ennis showed the world that British sports stars are capable of taking on huge pressure and expectation and still delivering (take note, Wayne Rooney). (more…)
April 18, 2012
The stadium is built, the medals have been sourced and the horses have been benchmarked to make sure that no competitor gets an unfair advantage. In just 100 days, the London 2012 Olympics will begin.
Of course, SM has followed the story as it has progressed, and I thought it would be good to reflect on what has come out from the marathon that has been procurement for the games. (more…)
December 14, 2011
At the start of the year, many businesses were still pursuing a policy of completely integrated supply chains. Few had given thought to what we now know as ‘high impact, low probability’ events. Then the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. Our assumptions about the resilience of supply chains were shattered as its toll on the production of many different goods became apparent. We must now think very differently about single supply arrangements if that supplier could face major disruption. (more…)