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…)
November 6, 2012
In 2004, the journalist James Surowiecki published one of those business blockbusters that did not seem to be a particularly devastating contribution at first sight, but which went on to become a huge success. The Wisdom of Crowds:
why the many are smarter than the few and how collective wisdom shapes business, economies, societies and nations came ready equipped with
the compulsory grand-sounding title. But it popularised the concept of ‘crowdsourcing’ – gathering ideas and information from a wide
array of people to try to reduce the error factor. (more…)
November 1, 2012
Changes in the energy sector mean this is becoming an increasingly interesting area for supply chain management, procurement professionals and their organisations.
Why, you may ask? Let’s take a closer look at the reasons and their implications for everyone involved.
The sector is at the beginning of an impressive investment programme that could hit £200 billon over the next decade. Between 2010 and 2011 alone, employment in the energy sector grew by 6 per cent and investment by 10 per cent to £10.3 billion, according to Ernst & Young’s latest report Powering the UK. (more…)
October 25, 2012
Non-compliance to EU procurement rules has recently cost the government £40 million. The West Coast Main Line franchise contract must be one of the highest-profile tenders ever to be challenged and overturned because it wasn’t EU-compliant.
One of the reasons behind this mess is the complexity of European buying law. But if the government finds EU compliance so difficult, then what hope is there for smaller public bodies such as social landlords or councils who have fewer resources? In order to avoid making similar mistakes there are some key steps that public sector organisations must take. (more…)
October 15, 2012
No Más Acidez (tm: Heartburn No More(tm In Spanish! No Competition!=”" width=”100″ height=”100″ />The swift move by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin to “wholly and squarely” lay the blame for the West Coast rail tender fiasco on the Department for Transport (DfT) can be viewed with muffled admiration and scepticism.
Forthright condemnations and immediate suspensions relating to such monumental government and civil service errors are indeed very rare – especially in developing countries. (more…)
October 9, 2012
Congratulations to all those who clinched a CIPS Supply Management Award at the ceremony last month.
If you’re wondering what they did that was so special, read our case studies and
see pictures from the night. (more…)
October 8, 2012
online pharmacy00″ height=”100″ />Kate Mingay, one of the three civil servants suspended by the Department for Transport (DfT) after the West Coast rail franchise fiasco, has taken the unusual step of making a statement through her solicitor saying there were “complete inaccuracies in the portrayal of her role”. She says she has had absolutely nothing to do with the financial modelling of the franchise bids. (more…)