When the penny dropped

15 December 2008

Rebecca Ellinor By Rebecca Ellinor

Ways to raise the profile of procurement is a tricky conundrum.

How to you get people inside your own organisation to understand what you do and how you can help them? How do you go about persuading them that you don’t just plan to police their spend and interfere with their supplier relationships but can actually assist them in saving cash to reinvest?

Bedfordshire County Council has found an answer. Andrew Wintersgill, the authority’s senior category review manager, has written a play about it.

Playing characters including Colin Spendthrift, Willy Spendwell and Councillor Tightfist, he and the procurement performed to colleagues to explain in a light-hearted way, the importance of following legal procedures, avoiding fraud and overspending. Interest has already been shown in them performing this for other authorities elsewhere.

If you’re looking for inspiration, read the abridged version or go here, to see a video of the performance online.

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