Newsletter Archive

This is our archive of historical newsletters and, more recently, editions of The Catalyst - A Refreshing View on Commissioning and Procurement Transformation.  The Catalyst was developed following positive feedback on our earlier newsletters and Ken's blog "Telling it Like it is".  The Catalyst contains articles on topical issues and interviews with strategic thinkers in Procurement and Commissioning Transformation.  Please subscribe to recieve it by email by emailing subscriptions@sps-consultancy.co.uk.

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The Catalyst - Autumn 2017 The Catalyst - Autumn 2017 (1367 KB)

Waste Guru, Dr David Greenfield provides an insight into all things waste and rubbish. 

Plus :
Is local government really geared for revenue generation?
A defence of framework contracts
How Amazon is helping transform public procurement
Crafty disruption in the world of beer

Oct 11, 2017
The Catalyst - Summer 2017 The Catalyst - Summer 2017 (2015 KB) Martin Whiteley, recently appointed CEO for Cambridge and Peterborough gives his views on Combined Authorities. There’s an update on the use of diagnostics by the LGA,  A view on whether Framework Contracts should be abolished (along with the organisations that promote them) and an insight into Sedito who are re-designing the classic recruitment model. Jul 03, 2017
The Catalyst - Spring 2017 The Catalyst - Spring 2017 (1242 KB) Is Brexit an Opportunity to Solve Supply Chain Problems?
Commercialism - delivering additional resources, but does the UK public sector have the skills?
Should Procurement be more disruptive?
IACCM endorse C&RM programmes
Coding International, UK’s best kept secret?
Latest news from SPS and Bluemarble
Mar 27, 2017
NEPRO Accreditation for SPS NEPRO Accreditation for SPS (252 KB) SPS has been awarded NEPRO accreditation.  As an accredited supplier, any member or associate member of the North East Procurement Organisation now has the option to request a quotation or call off our Contract & Relationship Management and Procurement services via NEPRO. Feb 13, 2017
The Catalyst - Autumn 2016 The Catalyst - Autumn 2016 (1609 KB)

The Impact of Brexit on Pricing
John Kirkpatrick on the Difficulties of Competition in the Public Sector
New Trends in Contingent Labour
An Overview of the Competition & Markets Authority

Plus Latest news from SPS and Bluemarble

 

Nov 16, 2016
The Catalyst - Summer 2016 The Catalyst - Summer 2016 (1291 KB) "Procurement is about risk management in a rapidly changing world" - read Andy Davies from the LUPC's interview.  But does 'Procurement' actually describe what we do - what term can we use to describe the integrated management of the overall cycle.  Plus early results from our EU Procurement Directives survey - should they stay or should they go?  Details on our new Commercial Contracting Challenge service and some recommended summer reading. Oct 08, 2016
The Catalyst - Spring 2016 The Catalyst - Spring 2016 (900 KB) Jun 03, 2016
The Catalyst - Winter 2016 The Catalyst - Winter 2016 (1580 KB)

The Winter 2016 edition of The Catalyst has an interview with Peter Smith on the changing face of Procurement and how he came about editing his blog Spend Matters.  There’s news from SPS and its customers and partners, including introducing our new Advanced Contract and Relationship Management programme, a reminder about keeping contract records up to date and an update from IACCM.

Jan 29, 2016
The Catalyst - Autumn 2015 The Catalyst - Autumn 2015 (995 KB) Autumn 2015's edition of The Catalyst. Nov 10, 2015
The Catalyst - Summer 2015 The Catalyst - Summer 2015 (1048 KB) Our Summer edition of The Catalyst is packed with news and views, including an interview with David Shields former MD of the Crown Commercial Service, information on innovation partnerships and a look at the opportunities being presented to adult social care commissioners. Aug 20, 2015
The Catalyst - Spring 2015 The Catalyst - Spring 2015 (1768 KB)
This edition features a keynote interview with Terry Brewer, Divisional Director of Commercial, Contracts and Procurement at LB Harrow. He was previously CPO at LB Camden and was the founder and CEO of Firebuy, the Government’s national agency for the fire and rescue service. 
 
Also an update on the long awaited changes to the Public Contracts Regulations and latest news from SPS and ProClass.
Jun 10, 2015
The Catalyst, Winter 2015 The Catalyst, Winter 2015 (1013 KB)

Our Winter 2015 edition focusses on the ability of the Procurement profession to tackle Contract and Relationship management in light of the challenges our public and private sectors will face in the next few years.

Feb 02, 2015
The Catalyst Autumn 2014 The Catalyst Autumn 2014 (1920 KB)

Our key note interview in this issue is with Rob Whiteman, CEO of CIPFA.  Here he talks frankly about how local government in particular will need to change its approach and thinking on commissioning and procurement and arrives at some hard hitting conclusions.

Nov 21, 2014
The Catalyst, Summer 2014 The Catalyst, Summer 2014 (1267 KB)

Focus on Collaboration in our Summer edition.

Sep 02, 2014
The Catalyst, Spring 2014 The Catalyst, Spring 2014 (1671 KB)

The Catalyst - A Refreshing View on Commissioning and Procurement Transformation

Jun 03, 2014
Associates and Partners Newsletter Dec 2012 Associates and Partners Newsletter Dec 2012 (486 KB)

Christmas newsletter for partners and associates with new partner collateral

Jan 08, 2013
SPS Newsletter October 2012 SPS Newsletter October 2012 (461 KB)

Our first newsletter for partners and associates. The aim of this newsletter is to let you know what we have been up to, our plans for the future and most importantly to spark ideas on where we might be able to work together for mutual benefit in the future

Nov 06, 2012
Procurement in the Front Line - Eastern - Summer 2012 Procurement in the Front Line - Eastern - Summer 2012 (150 KB)

Has details of a terrific offer for District Councils to do their expenditure analysis. More case studies and downloads for you and an extra date for Improvement East's Contracts and Relationship Management Course.

Jul 10, 2012
Procurement in the Front Line - London Summer 2012 Procurement in the Front Line - London Summer 2012 (129 KB)

More case studies and downloads as well as an update on the nationwide ProClass survey and information about new topical courses now available.

Jul 10, 2012
Procurement in the Front Line Eastern Issue 4 Procurement in the Front Line Eastern Issue 4 (216 KB)

With information on the Nationwide ProClass survey, the Highways Materials e-Auction and updates on Supplier Relationship Development and the SRD toolkit.

Mar 28, 2012
Procurement in the Front Line - Local Government - Issue 1 Procurement in the Front Line - Local Government - Issue 1 (242 KB)

The first local government issue contains information on the Municipal Journal article, the Nationwide ProClass survey and Postal Services who made a saving of £1.2million.

Mar 23, 2012
Procurement in the Front Line - London Issue 3 Procurement in the Front Line - London Issue 3 (216 KB)

With lots of information on the Nationwide ProClass survey, a passenger transport review and the Highways Materials e-Auction

Mar 20, 2012
Procurement in the Front Line - South West Issue 1 Procurement in the Front Line - South West Issue 1 (201 KB)

First issue of PiFL for South West Region containing updates on category focus and new skills transfer half day courses

Mar 14, 2012
Procurement in the Front Line - London Issue 2 Procurement in the Front Line - London Issue 2 (169 KB)

The second issue of London's newsletter has updates on how 17 London boroughs saved £1.2M collaborating on Postal Services, the Improvement East training programme and the new cloud based fleet collaboration tool FleetCol.

Mar 01, 2012
Procurement in the Front Line - Eastern Region Issue 3 Procurement in the Front Line - Eastern Region Issue 3 (107 KB)

Issue 3 of Procurement in the Front Line has an update on the IE training programme, the launch of the cloud based London Fleet Category Management tool and how a collaboration on Postal Services saved £1.2M.

Feb 28, 2012
Procurement in the Front Line London - Issue 1 Procurement in the Front Line London - Issue 1 (270 KB)

The first issue of the London newsletter looks at the Municipal Journal article on Ken Cole's white paper "Having It All", savings in Commercial Vehicles and Fleet  Category and SRD updates. 

Feb 01, 2012
Procurement in the Front Line - Eastern Region - Issue 2 Procurement in the Front Line - Eastern Region - Issue 2 (240 KB)

Issue 2 of Procurement in the Front Line featuring articles on the new version of "You and Your Contractor" by Andy Davies, Commercial Fleet and the new cloud-based forward planning tool and the award winning London Energy Project.

Jan 17, 2012
Procurement in the Front Line - Issue 2 Procurement in the Front Line - Issue 2 (226 KB)

Issue 2 of Procurement in the Front Line featuring articles on the SOLACE backed SRD white paper, AGMA's successful e-aution for refuse freighters and the London Energy Project.

Jan 12, 2012
Procurement in the Front LIne - Eastern Region - Issue 1 Procurement in the Front LIne - Eastern Region - Issue 1 (204 KB)

This is the first issue of Procurement in the Front Line specifically aimed at the interests of the public sector in Eastern Region

Dec 17, 2011
Procurement in the Front Line - Issue 1 Procurement in the Front Line - Issue 1 (207 KB)

This is the very first issue of the topical newsletter "Procurement in the Front Line"

Dec 15, 2011