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 email@example.com.
|The Catalyst - Summer 2018 (1115 KB)||
The Avoidance of Unintended Consequences - The last ten years have seen the growth of the ‘something must be done’ industry. Any failure, unforeseen outcome or error, brings with it a need to apportion blame and take action to try to prevent it happening again. While this is highly relevant in areas such as public safety and community well-being, should it so readily be applied in every situation?
NPS 2018 – The launch of a living strategy.
|Jul 21, 2018|
|The Catalyst - Spring 2018 (1330 KB)||
“Putting all the commentary and axe grinding to one side, what are the lessons that we should be learning from yet another spectacular failure?” Read Ken’s views on how to be better prepared for the next Carillion-like contract failure.
Plus Niall Quinn from the CSS, CIPS and Brexit, Countering Fraud in Local Government and our new Guidance Paper - Setting Up and Managing a Contracts Register.
|May 02, 2018|
|The Catalyst - Winter 2018 (1598 KB)||
“Make yourself invaluable by your actions - Keeping a low profile is not an option. It is the role of the procurement profession to start promoting genuine market disruption and innovation, rather than be seen as being about compliance and keeping the status quo.” Read our interview with Dr Dr Martin Reeves, former CEO of the West Midlands Combined Authority, currently CEO of Coventry City Council and English Local Government Procurement Champion.
|Jan 25, 2018|
|The Catalyst - Autumn 2017 (1367 KB)||
Waste Guru, Dr David Greenfield provides an insight into all things waste and rubbish.
|Oct 11, 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 (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 (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 (1609 KB)||
The Impact of Brexit on Pricing
Plus Latest news from SPS and Bluemarble
|Nov 16, 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 (900 KB)||Jun 03, 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 (995 KB)||Autumn 2015's edition of The Catalyst.||Nov 10, 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 (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 (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 (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 (1267 KB)||
Focus on Collaboration in our Summer edition.
|Sep 02, 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 (486 KB)||
Christmas newsletter for partners and associates with new partner collateral
|Jan 08, 2013|
|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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (207 KB)||
This is the very first issue of the topical newsletter "Procurement in the Front Line"
|Dec 15, 2011|