Public sector partnership offers more knowledge for CIPS members

CIPS 13 April 2015

CIPS partners with ESPO to provide members with exclusive knowledge and resources 

CIPS has partnered with Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO) to offer knowledge resources for public sector outsourced procurement, launching on 13 April 2015.

The partnership will offer a regular source of insights, guidance, case studies and tips to support public sector procurement professionals. At launch, the insights will be available on framework agreements, with a case study on financial services with further case studies and frameworks throughout the year. Public sector buying organisations such as ESPO can support the public sector to achieve efficiencies all over the UK with their frameworks, services and bespoke expert procurement advice.

The resources will be available in the Knowledge area of the CIPS website [] including a series of top tips from ESPO’s Education Procurement Manager Rowena Thomas and a case study around Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council forecasting savings of over £20,000 by using ESPO’s Banking Services framework.

David Noble, Group CEO CIPS comments, “Regular, current, content-rich knowledge is crucial to any procurement professional working in the public sector.

CIPS recognises ESPO as a leading customer-focused public sector owned professional buying organisation (PBO), committed to best practice procurement.Though the use of good procurement principles is the same across all sectors, challenges and opportunities in the public sector should be acknowledged, and this partnership supports those needs well."

The partnership with ESPO forms part of the CIPS knowledge strategy which is designed to offer information, guidance and resources to support CIPS members.  CIPS undertakes a careful review of all potential partners to ensure that they meet the high standards and values CIPS expects as a professional body representing the procurement and supply chain profession.

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