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Latest blogs about the procurement industry, including procurement policies and procedures, strategy and consultancy.

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Improving health and safety in public sector building and construction
Tackling post-Grenfell challenges for safer homes and communities

With the Government’s Building Safety Bill expected to pass into law later this year, public sector procurement professionals can expect yet another layer of complexity and challenge to come their way in 2022, but the good news is that help and guidance is available to support them.

By Steve Rowland on 15 February 2022

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Making it easier to make a difference
Supporting local authorities to access the Government’s Levelling Up Fund

For local authorities operating in deprived areas, there is urgent need for investment in major projects to expand infrastructure, improve connectivity, and create the jobs and homes needed to boost the local economy. We investigate the Levelling Up Fund – a pot of £4.8 billion which has been set aside by the Government to fund investment in so-called ‘high-value local infrastructure’ and how procurement can help to drive this agenda.

By Steve Rowland on 8 February 2022

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What is Procurement Management?

Procurement management is the process used to ensure that everything is taken care of, from ordering to fulfilment. In this guide we take a closer look at just what procurement management is, the process, how to automate procurement management and its general importance.

By Steve Rowland on 25 November 2021

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Sustainable Procurement
A complete guide

As sustainability becomes increasingly important to procurement professionals, this guide offers a deeper dive into the topic; why it is important, its benefits and some of the best practices associated with sustainable procurement.

By Hayley Preedy on 18 November 2021

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Methods for Managing Procurement Risks

Procurement professionals understand that managing risk is part of the role. In this guide, we take a closer look at managing procurement risks, what some of the more common procurement risks look like and how to manage these risks.

By Steve Rowland on 16 November 2021

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What is Procurement?

What does procurement in business look like? In this guide we take a look at the differences between direct and indirect procurement, how procurement and purchasing are so different, a brief overview of procurement law, what ethical procurement means and understanding what sustainable procurement looks like.

By Hayley Preedy on 12 November 2021

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Sustainable sourcing
Why it’s as much about the journey as the destination

Sustainable sourcing is increasingly on the agenda for many organisations and those that are seeking to improve their environmental and ethical credentials are looking to procurement as a key enabler of the change required to make a difference.

By Steve Rowland on 7 November 2021

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What is a Procurement Framework?

When it comes to procurement strategies, there are many different ways to get goods and services for the costs and benefits that a public sector organisation is looking for. In this guide, we take a closer look at what a public sector procurement framework is, how they work, their advantages and disadvantages.

By Hayley Preedy on 5 November 2021

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Procurement cycle
A complete guide

Our guides to the procurement cycle outlines the steps that buyers should take throughout their time in the procurement phase. It will help to give you a greater understanding of the importance of contracts with suppliers, terms and conditions as well as keeping all the documents in a centralised location for supplier relationship management purposes.

By Steve Rowland on 19 October 2021

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How to reduce costs in procurement

Organisations of all sizes try to find solutions to reduce their costs, but when you are developing your procurement strategies, understanding how money can be saved across your organisation is essential. In procurement, costs can run high when the process is no longer suitable fit for purpose or if people within the organisation are not […]

By Jane Shortall on 5 October 2021

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Procurement process
A complete guide

In this guide, we offer a full overview of the procurement process, what a procurement process should include, and how to develop one in seven steps. We will help you understand how a robust process can help you save money, become more efficient, and make procurement a strategic enabler in your organisation.

By Jane Shortall on 29 September 2021

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Procurement contract management

The better your relationship with your suppliers, the better the overall deal you are going to achieve both in procurement and within Contract Lifecycle Management. In this guide, we provide insights into the contract management process and how to optimise your long-term supplier relationships.

By Steve Rowland on 23 September 2021

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