Normalising Transparency

May 31, 2017

In its recent Procurement Policy Note “The Transparency of Suppliers and Government to the Public”, Crown Commercial Service has given more weight to the presumption of disclosure in procurement processes.  Authorities are now expected not rely on…

“Procurement: the new frontier to drive growth - How prepared are you?”

Feb 08, 2017

When attempting to drive organisational technological innovation alongside policy changes there is a whole series of challenges to be managed by government departments. In procurement departments in particular, the need to innovate and to drive more and more value from suppliers is highlighted in the UK Government’s recently published Industrial Strategy paper.

The paper targets public sector…

GEMS are found and the winners announced…..

Dec 05, 2016

Following on from my last blog about the MOD GEMS award scheme, and the use of our AWARD® evaluation solution to judge the entries, the winners have now been announced.

It was another successful year for the awards scheme, with 56 nominations.  As ever, entrants came up with some fantastic ideas that will save the MOD money and time, and more importantly, the lives of our troops on the front…

Finding those hidden gems

Oct 27, 2016

Despite the headline and the image, it’s not actually a Blue Diamond I am referring to when I mention GEMS, but the Ministry of Defence GEMS Staff Engagement and Innovation scheme which was introduced in 1996. For me personally, 1996 wasn’t such a great year; Take That announced their split, Glen Hoddle succeeded Terry Venables as England Manager and Man Utd did the double (beating my beloved Liverpool…

Procurement and technology, the future is closer than you think

Aug 19, 2016

It’s 2030 and your role of Procurement Manager has long since changed to that of Virtual Acquisition Manager.  You’re sitting at your place of work in a high-tech ‘Focus Space,’ which in 2016 was known as your home office. Your focus is on strategic procurements, not the purchasing of common goods and services; the latter is now carried out by artificial intelligence, where the ‘big data boom and…

Asking the right question…a brief introduction to the importance of Structured Criteria Development (SCD)

Jul 06, 2016

Technical subject matter experts (SMEs), whatever their specialism, are required to be meticulous and exacting; they have risen to heights in their respective fields by developing their knowledge to an expert level and applying a thorough attention to detail. When properly guided, this quality can produce a high quality tender return from your bidders. However, if there is no structure to the SMEs’…

Defence and the SDSR 2015 – a layman’s guide

May 23, 2016

The Government published the 2015 National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) back in November – so I have had plenty of time to think about it and its impact on the UK defence industry.  For those of you who are not involved in the defence sector and therefore unfamiliar with the SDSR, it’s a review that sets out the UK Government’s approach to national security…

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