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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Taxpayers’ money – how is it spent by local government?

    Taxpayers’ money – how is it spent by local government?

    If you were to ask the average person on the street how their taxpayers’ money is spent – what do you think their response would be?

    Every year the country braces for the chancellor of the exchequer’s announcements during the budget. Media coverage from national press is up-to-the minute, informing the public of the allocations to government departments where £172.8 billion of taxpayers’ money will be spent by local government authorities alone.

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