United Utilities’ purchasing department has endorsed the firm’s sustainable procurement strategy, which is now saving £7 million a year.
Commenting on the report that purchasers in UK manufacturing are experiencing the strongest growth in 15 years, David Noble, chief executive of CIPS, said: “This performance of the UK manufacturing sector is hugely encouraging as it is proving surprisingly resilient. It is now growing at a rate of knots – maintaining the momentum gained in Q1 and faring much better than we could have dared hoped for this time last year. Positively, purchasing managers reported growth across all sub-sectors and in companies of all sizes. What’s more – given that stock levels are still relatively low, this is a trend we anticipate seeing for some time to come as firms work to try and meet increasing sales demand. The real turning point will come when manufacturers feel confident enough to increase their investment and start to build capacity again. The good news is there are already signs this is starting to happen as employment levels are slowly rising on the back of strained capacity and backlogs of work reported for the first time in over a decade,”
Thank you to everyone who entered the April competition to win a month’s free Tender Watch Service.
The winner has been chosed at random and we are delighted to announce that LTT Vending have won the prize for April 2010.
For your chance of winning this month’s prize, enter the competition at https://www.ocurem.com/competitions/
The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has announced that it is to set up the first pan-government e-auction Centre of Excellence to increase the impact of e-auctions in the public sector. A number of e-auction programmes exist across Whitehall and the wider public sector, and the centre will look to harness greater efficiencies from these through supporting the co-ordination of resource, establishing a consistency of approach, and providing a platform for coalitions. [Read more…]
A recent survey by marketing agency Base One Group found that purchasers under 30 spent more time using social media, such as blogs and social networking, but also spend more time looking at traditional press advertising and direct mail.
Ocurem are pleased to announce a public sector contract win for a manufacturing business based in the East of England. The win has been confirmed via a contract award notice and forms part of a strategy developed by Ocurem for the client. The contract win is the first sweet taste of success for the client business who specialise in producing office products. The client had previously held no contracts with the Public Sector.
Ocurem wish them every success for this contract, and are hopeful of other successes after being invited to tender on another 4 tenders.
Ocurem are delighted to announce that Rachael Ellis made the listing for 42 Under 42 which is a listing of entrepreneurs brought together by the Business Insider magazine. Rachael Ellis was told of the exciting news and features in the April edition of the publication. I’m sure that you will join me and all of Ocurem in wishing Rachael the very best of luck for the award ceremony that happens later in the year