Browsing All posts tagged under »Colin Cram«

Procuring the English Language? by Colin Cram

August 13, 2013

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Editor’s Note: The following article is a post that was written by Colin Cram for the Procurement Insights European Union Edition blog under the titled “Why do Americans Speak English?“ Question; why do Americans speak English? Answer; because of an initiative 350 years ago to combat procurement fraud. In 1667, the English and the Dutch […]

With Serco is it a case of one bad apple spoiling the entire corporate barrel? by Jon Hansen

July 19, 2013

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Last week , the Procurement Insights European Union Edition was one of the very first blogs to report on the news that the Minister of Justice Chris Grayling had announced that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) had been called in to investigate G4S and Serco.  Grayling indicated that there was evidence that both companies had […]

Our newest PI European Edition columnist Tim Cummins offers interesting insight into IACCM’s Negotiated Terms Study by Jon Hansen

June 27, 2013

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As our Procurement Insights European Union Edition takes off under the deft and insightful management of Chief Editor Colin Cram, I am very pleased to announce the addition of another new contributing columnist to the team. IACCM’s Tim Cummins is one of those individuals who bring a much needed perspective to an industry in transition. […]

Towards Tesco Reborn, or why Procurement Insights is your number 1 source for well . . . procurement insights by Jon Hansen

June 17, 2013

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It is a very exciting time for the Procurement Insights brand, especially with the recent launch of our new European Union Edition. Besides having has its Chief Editor one of the top public procurement experts in the UK (and perhaps even beyond) in the person of Colin Cram, we are going to be announcing 10 […]

The Privatization of the UK Government? by Jon Hansen

June 10, 2013

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In the most recent post in the Procurement Insights EU blog, Colin Cram discusses the recent Lord Browne Report on non-executive directors working with the UK government. For those who may be unfamiliar with the term, non-executives are drawn from numerous industry sectors (see graphic below) to provide expertise for an annual fee of roughly […]

Scotland’s Commercial Director and Chief Procurement Officer Alastair Merrill becomes a regular PI EU Edition Columnist by Jon Hansen

June 6, 2013

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When Colin Cram and I first talked about launching the new Procurement Insights European Union Edition, one of the first questions we asked ourselves is “how can we be different.” I am not talking about a new marketing angle or an esthetically pleasing visual experience – although the blog format does have a certain appeal.  […]

Welcome to The New Procurement Insights EU Edition

May 23, 2013

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This past year has been somewhat of a watershed year for the Procurement Insights blog as well as its sister radio show The PI Window on the World. For example, we surpassed the 1,000 post mark with the blog that was launched with little fanfare in May 2007.  That is a lot of “virtual ink” […]

Does the Ministry of Justice Need to Spend £675m on a Project to Collect Outstanding Fines? by Colin Cram

May 10, 2013

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How often should major projects never have been started? I can think of several and there may be another about to start. The Ministry of Justice is planning to spend £675m ($1bn) on a compliance and enforcement project/contract to collect outstanding fines http://justice.governmentcomputing.com/news/moj-issues-675m-contract-for-compliance-and-enforcement-services which, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation last year, amount to almost […]

World Class Procurement by Colin Cram

May 6, 2013

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What is world class procurement? That is the question that was asked last week at a conference that I was chairing. The topic was world class procurement in the NHS. Some people would argue that if an organisation has efficient and modern processes and procedures, category management, a highly qualified workforce, good information and performance […]

Procurement Fraud by Colin Cram FCIPS

April 25, 2013

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Editor’s NOTE: As a follow-up to my April 23rd post “Where did purchasing go wrong: Businessman sells £50 Million of fake bomb detection equipment to governments around the world,” contributing columnist Colin Cram has by way of today’s post provided his take on the James McCormick case. The recent fraud case where businessman, James McCormick […]

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