Recent Blog Posts...

Rochdale and the dangers of outsourcing
Ken Cole
Jan 10, 2012
Squaring the circle on outsourcing
Ken Cole
Dec 12, 2011
Avoiding another Southern Cross Debacle
Ken Cole
Dec 06, 2011
Three Cheers for Baron Sugar
Ken Cole
Nov 25, 2011
Keep Calm and Save Money
Ken Cole
Sep 22, 2011
Having It All
Ken Cole
Sep 15, 2011

Procurement Transformation

Rochdale and the dangers of outsourcing
Ken Cole
Jan 10, 2012
Rochdale terminate their 15 year outsourcing contract with Mouchel after just 5 years
Squaring the circle on outsourcing
Ken Cole
Dec 12, 2011
An interesting article can be found on The New Statesman rolling blog concerning outsourcing in local government.
Avoiding another Southern Cross Debacle
Ken Cole
Dec 06, 2011
The Public Accounts Committee recently alerted Minister the the fact that local authorities could be in danger of facing another Southern Cross debacle and having to implement last minute contingency plans.
Three Cheers for Baron Sugar
Ken Cole
Nov 25, 2011
Baron Sugar (or Sir Alan before his elevation) is certainly not everyone's cup of tea! However, one thing that most people will agree on is that he does understand business and how to create wealth.
Is PFI - Profligate Financial Insanity ending at last?
Ken Cole
Nov 18, 2011
Nearly 17 years ago, as a civil servant, I sat in a meeting with the Principal Finance Officer to be told that the £500k for my IT project had been suspended by the Treasury
Highways Collaboration - as it should be!
Ken Cole
Oct 30, 2011
London local government has pioneered some excellent collaborativecategory programmes in the last year - these included commercial fleet, postal services, ICT and highways management
NHS Procurement - a warning to local government
Ken Cole
Oct 25, 2011
It even made Radio 4 this morning, the publication of a Public Accounts Committee report on managing high value capital procurement in the NHS in England
Closing the National School of Government
Ken Cole
Oct 13, 2011
As many readers will know the National School of Government - the former Civil Service College, closes in March next year.
Keep Calm and Save Money
Ken Cole
Sep 22, 2011
This is the new slogan I used on the recent white paper - Having it All - which is starting to resonate across the UK public sector.
Having It All
Ken Cole
Sep 15, 2011
Today sees the launch of the Keep Calm and Save Money campaign backed by Ken Cole's new white paper "Having It All". The white paper is specifically aimed at English local authorities that want to improve services, reduce council taxes and balance their budgets