Applegate Blog

Our team share valuable insights wherever they can, as well as updates on our latest news and adventures.

  1. Applegate CEO joins Board of Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

    Applegate CEO joins Board of Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

    Applegate’s Chief Executive, Stuart Brocklehurst, has been appointed to the Board of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP brings together nineteen local authorities, three clinical commissioning groups, two national parks, ten colleges, two universities and the private sector to work collaboratively to promote growth and prosperity in the region.

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  2. 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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  3. New scheme to help degree apprentices  buy their first home

    New scheme to help degree apprentices buy their first home

    Under the ‘First Rung’ scheme, Applegate’s degree apprentices will be encouraged to put aside part of the pay rises they receive into a saving scheme of their choosing. On successful completion of the programme, each will have their savings matched if they choose to use them to get on the housing ladder – providing up to £20,000 each as a total deposit.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Applegate Marketplace launches new site following £2 million investment in new technology

    Applegate Marketplace launches new site following £2 million investment in new technology

    Internet-based business platform Applegate has launched a new website in the culmination of £2 million of investment in new technology. The new site provides a vastly improved search facility for businesses seeking out goods or services from Applegate’s huge database of millions of products. It’s backed by new processing power, internal systems and hardware – every bit of technology at Applegate has now been replaced within the last year.

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  9. Applegate Marketplace launch Degree Apprenticeship in partnership with Plymouth University and Petroc

    Applegate Marketplace launch Degree Apprenticeship in partnership with Plymouth University and Petroc

    Following the success of the Applegate Academy, a traineeship scheme launched in collaboration with Petroc in October last year, three students from North Devon have started Degree Apprenticeships in Business and Management in partnership with Plymouth University.

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  10. Petroc and Applegate Marketplace to offer new degree-level apprenticeships in partnership with Plymouth University

    Petroc and Applegate Marketplace to offer new degree-level apprenticeships in partnership with Plymouth University

    Following the success of the Applegate Academy, a traineeship scheme launched in collaboration with Petroc in October last year, plans are now being put in place to join up with a Degree Apprenticeship in Business and Management delivered in partnership with Plymouth University.

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  11. Applegate Marketplace open Plymouth office creating 26 new jobs thanks to £240,000 Regional Growth Grant

    Applegate Marketplace open Plymouth office creating 26 new jobs thanks to £240,000 Regional Growth Grant

    Leading online marketplace,Applegate, has been awarded a major grant from the North Devon+ Unlocking Business Investment fund, which has created twenty-six new jobs at the firm.

    Businesses across Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset have had the opportunity to apply for grants, with the £5 million programme being delivered as a partnership between North Devon+ and Plymouth University, supported by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership.

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  12. New eProcurement tool, Applegate PRO, generates over £8 million of business in Q1 of 2016

    New eProcurement tool, Applegate PRO, generates over £8 million of business in Q1 of 2016

    The online buying tool, launched in March, streamlines the request for quotation (RFQ) and purchase order processes that can take businesses hours or even days, into a quick and easy function, taking minutes. Each RFQ raised in Q1 had an average value of £19,272,69, equating to over £8 million.

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  13. 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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  14. 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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