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All Change In UK Government Procurement? by Colin Cram

August 4, 2015 by


Bill Crothers, the UK government’s Chief Commercial Officer is moving on. This will be welcome news to some suppliers. Bill was the first chief executive of the Crown Commercial Service, the creation of which I recommended to the UK Parliament’s Public Administration Select Committee in January 2013. He later passed the baton to Sally Collier […]

How Much Could The Next Government Save Through Efficiencies By 2019/20? by Colin Cram

May 5, 2015 by


Main national political parties have included savings through efficiencies in their manifestos to help balance the books. The Liberal Democrats and Conservatives have proposed departmental savings of £12billion and £13billion respectively, but do not state what proportion will come from efficiencies. Labour has done some zero based budget reviews, but has been timid about the […]

NIGP, Periscope by Colin Cram

April 11, 2015 by


Organisations such as NIGP frequently struggle to exist on membership subscriptions alone. They therefore have to find other sources of income. My interpretation of the issues identified by Jon Hansen is that the need for income may have led the NIGP into what appear to be some shady and unwise deals. In particular, if selling […]

Can Sub-Saharan Africa Be The Next Global Economic Powerhouse? by Colin Cram

March 16, 2015 by


Fraud and corruption are badly damaging the economies of many African countries. A recent report by the African Union ,  publicised by Thabo Mbeki,, alleged that illicit financial outflows were costing $50 billion every year as governments and multinational companies engage in fraudulent schemes aimed at avoiding tax payments to some of the […]

Better the devil you know – or plain inertia? by Colin Cram

March 9, 2015 by


One of the episodes of Fawlty Towers had a scene where a guest complains about the restaurant service. Basil Fawlty’s response is that the customer should think himself lucky. Basil Fawlty has a much worse problem because he has to deal with the staff. I was reminded of this when dealing with NPower recently, one […]

New UK Public Contracts Regulations 2015 Support Radical Change in the Management of Public Procurement by Colin Cram

February 23, 2015 by

0 The UK Public Contracts Regulations 2015 will become law on 26 February. This will facilitate the reform of the management of the £200billion annual procurement expenditure by the public sector that is happening increasingly quickly. The Regulations enact into UK the revised EU Procurement Directive that was introduced in 2014 and which the UK […]

Now is the Winter of Our Discontent made Glorious Summer by – Public Procurement

January 29, 2015 by


(with sincere apologies to Will Shakespeare and Richard III) Well not quite summer and barely Spring, but the UK public procurement conference season will shortly be in full swing. With longer days, we can at least hope for a glorious summer. There are five events, four of which I have been closely involved, devising their […]

Innovation Through Procurement: Another Magic Formula? by Colin Cram

January 26, 2015 by


Is innovation through procurement just another magic formula that politicians love to have and which civil servants like to feed them?  The importance of using public procurement to support economic growth is increasingly asserted by the European Union and the UK government. The new EU Procurement Directive puts emphasis on innovation through procurement. Also, there […]

Megacities And Alpha Cities In The UK: How Will Procurement Have To Change? by Colin Cram

January 15, 2015 by


‘Megacities’ and ‘Alpha cities’ are terms which illustrate the huge growth in cities across the world. London and the Home Counties’ commuter belt make up the UK’s only megacity, with a combined population of over 10million people. Greater Manchester, with a population of 2.7 million is by some definitions an alpha city. Mega cities and […]

South East Asia: Can The UK Catch Up? by Colin Cram

January 7, 2015 by


Every time I visit South East Asia, I get a feeling of excitement. It is entrepreneurial and invigorating and poses an increasing economic threat to the more moribund economies of the ‘developed’ West. Singapore was voted recently by the World Bank as the top country in which to do business. [1]  By contrast, the UK […]