White Papers

Exclusive, incisive insight and guidance from our experts on the big topics in procurement efficiency.

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The Future of Public Procurement in a Post-Brexit World The Future of Public Procurement in a Post-Brexit World (2133 KB)

An abridged summary of a presentation given to the EELGA Masterclass, on 14th October 2016 in Cambridge.

Nov 16, 2016
EU Public Procurement Directives - Survey Results EU Public Procurement Directives - Survey Results (2546 KB)

SPS carried out a survey of those involved in commissioning and procurement activities asking for views on what the future should hold for these directives. Should we carry on as before, scrap them, or reform them for our benefit? The answer received was clear and unequivocal – reform so that they work for our interests.

This short report summarises the results and findings, provides some useful background material on the directives, and floats some ideas for how we can build on the WT

Sep 12, 2016
Category Management Survey Results 2016 Category Management Survey Results 2016 (314 KB) This short report analyses the outcomes from the category management survey that was carried out by SPS Consultancy Services from 18th January to 2nd March 2016. The survey was designed to ascertain just how established category management is across English local councils and what, if any barriers, existed to its wider uptake. A similar survey was undertaken in 2011/12. Apr 11, 2016
Commissioning & Procurement in English Local Government Commissioning & Procurement in English Local Government (652 KB)

The Case for Commissioning and Procurement Transformation in English Local Government

CIPFA commissioned Ken Cole to write this short White Paper to help CFOs across the UK
ask the right questions to ensure that their body is fully committed to the essential transformation of commissioning and procurement.

 

May 13, 2015
Keelvar - Smarter Competition Design Keelvar - Smarter Competition Design (765 KB)

Keelvar have developed clever procurement software solution that provides a smart bid evaluation engine completely changing the way that e-auctions are run.  Read more in their white paper.

Mar 17, 2015
Advanced Best Practice Procurement ebook Advanced Best Practice Procurement ebook (1968 KB)

 

Advanced Business Solutions (Advanced) have released their latest white paper - "How to unlock hidden savings in your procurement process". It discusses the key benefits of a streamlined and intelligent procurement process and examines how smart procurement can be achieved.

May 31, 2012
Supplier Lifecycle Management Supplier Lifecycle Management (577 KB)

 

A white paper by Peter Smith - Supplier Lifecycle Management works from the premise that the supplier should be considered as central to procurement activities and processes, an approach which drives significant benefits.

Feb 16, 2012
Having It All - White Paper Having It All - White Paper (863 KB)

 

This white paper sets out how and why local authority procurement change can and must become a reality - it throws down the gauntlet to those local authorities that want to "have it all": improving their services, freezing council taxes and balancing their budgets.

Sep 14, 2011
Supplier Relationship Development White Paper Supplier Relationship Development White Paper (179 KB)

 

This white paper is designed to make the intellectual case for SRD as well as providing advice and guidance on sources of further information and advice. It also lays out how and why you can't afford not to give Supplier Relationship Development serious consideration.

Jul 12, 2011
Implementing McClelland – Learning from the Byatt Experience Implementing McClelland – Learning from the Byatt Experience (1069 KB)

 

This White Paper by Ken Cole seeks to summarise the lessons from England's implementation of the Byatt Report, particularly around the outcomes for SR2004 and the problems that local authorities have faced in making progress. It concludes by providing some challenging and topical contributions for consideration by Scottish public sector organisations.

Jan 01, 2008
Maximising Returns from Purchasing Data Maximising Returns from Purchasing Data (915 KB)

 

A CIPS white paper co-written by Ken Cole and Liz Watkins-Young - How to get the most from your procurement information.

Oct 10, 2007
Making Byatt Happen Making Byatt Happen (104 KB)

 

In June 2001, Sir Ian Byatt's taskforce, commissioned by the Government to review "the state of procurement skills and practice in local Government in England", produced its report.                                                                                                                                      Although an old paper now having been written in 2002, it contains lots of useful pointers and references to help people new to local government procurement understand its context.

Jan 09, 2004
Councils Collaborate to Assess Procurement Classifications Councils Collaborate to Assess Procurement Classifications (379 KB)

 

Following on from the publication of the CIPS Paper on Procurement classifications in 2002, four major local Councils have collaborated to carry out a detailed study and assessment of the various standards available to buying organisations. This paper sets out how they got to their recommendations.

Sep 23, 2003