NAO on Commercial & Contract Management – “Plan for Uncertainties”

26 Oct 2017
At the end of last year, the UK’s National Audit Office issued a very useful document titled “Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice”. We did provide an initial overview of it here, and now we are into a more detailed review of its content and findings. For...

A Successful Public Sector Procurement Transformation Story

12 Oct 2017
  It makes a nice change to actually report on a public sector ‘good news’ story. This one in particular is a successful procurement transformation story in the UK Blue Light, or emergency services, sector. It was undertaken by Mike Fairbotham, Associate Director of Procurement and Logistics...

Infographic – What’s So Great About Being a Category Management Leader?

20 Sep 2017
Category Management can be the right approach for any procurement organisation – regardless of sector. So the findings in this infographic, part of a fuller, more indepth report, will be of value to anyone involved in sourcing.In Future Purchasing’s annual survey and report on the status and...

Supplier Selection Processes Must Support Finding The Best Suppliers

18 Sep 2017
Supplier selection is a fundamental element of private and public sector procurement. That seems almost too obvious a statement to commit to print, yet sometimes it seems that organisations forget just how fundamental it is, and how important it is to get it right. In the public (government) sector...

Ethics in Government (and Private Sector) Procurement

18 Aug 2017
Over the years, we have seen a lot of procurement ethical policies that were not fit for purpose, in both private firms and government bodies. So we thought it was worth sharing a few of the common problems that we’ve seen with such statements and policies, and suggest ways to improve them. Here...