Procurement’s coming home

23 June 2010
After years of frustration and a lack of recognition, today brings a new urgency. We can all feel the tension. Following many previous campaigns, and lots of external criticism, our big chance to prove all the doubters wrong is here. We are really in the spotlight. It isn’t just Fabio’s boys facing a huge ultimatum today. Most senior public sector buyers are this morning getting used to the idea that they will need to slash a quarter of their spend by 2014 in order to help the UK’s budget deficit. To use the football vernacular, “a big ask” indeed. This is a theme we will be returning to a great deal before the Comprehensive Spending Review in October, and after. A sure sign of the prominence this brings the profession is Radio 4’s Today programme has launched an appeal to discover from public sector workers “concrete ways of saving money”. To take part see here. You could also send your suggestions to me: steve.bagshaw@supplymanagement.com
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