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  1. Is procurement driving innovation? - Procurious Big Ideas 2017

    Is procurement driving innovation? - Procurious Big Ideas 2017

    Stuart Brocklehurst, Applegate Marketplace CEO, discusses how Procurement could be a driving force behind technological innovation through 2017.

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  2. Leading British Industrial History Charity celebrates 10th Anniversary

    Leading British Industrial History Charity celebrates 10th Anniversary

    During a period of rapid advancement where new technologies are replacing tried and tested manufacturing processes, preserving our industrial heritage has never been more important. Grace's Guide has spent the past 10 years collecting fascinating extracts from The Engineer, The Engineering Times, Mechanics Magazines and The Autocar to name a few, preserving them digitally for many years to come.

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  3. Reaching the Top: Procurement at the Board Table

    Reaching the Top: Procurement at the Board Table

    The issue is not unique to procurement: every function – HR, Communications, Marketing, IT – has a narrative that states it should have a seat on the executive committee, and that the organisation clearly cannot value what they do unless the function head reports to the chief executive. The CEO, however, is unlikely to be impressed by such arguments: she or he will assemble their leadership team as much based on the characteristics of individuals as on their job titles.

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  4. New £1 coin costs Plymouth City Council £32k

    New £1 coin costs Plymouth City Council £32k

    Plymouth City Council has been landed with a bill for £32,000 because of the new £1 coin.

    The authority, along with others up and down the country, has had to change its parking meters in readiness for the arrival of the new 12-sided coin in March 2017.

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  5. UK’s smallest businesses are the most savvy at cutting costs

    UK’s smallest businesses are the most savvy at cutting costs

    At a time when 7 in 10 SMEs are struggling to cope with the impact of rising costs - and maverick spend is cited as the number one issue for 71% of businesses looking to control budgets. New research suggests the UK’s SME community can save millions from their cost base by shopping around on the everyday items they need to run a business.

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  6. 20% increase in export opportunities since Brexit vote

    20% increase in export opportunities since Brexit vote

    Since the result of the EU referendum, the eProcurement system, Applegate PRO, has experienced a 20% increase in overseas tender requests.

    The weakening of the pound is believed to be a contributing factor to this growth, making British products and services cheaper overseas and, as a result, providing British manufacturing with an opportunity to compete in foreign markets.

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