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30 October 2014
Mike Bell
Mike Bell is chief executive of Driven A to B
Mike Bell details the questions you should ask a corporate car provider at the start of a relationship.
29 October 2014
Grahame Ball
Grahame Ball is managing director of bluewire limited
Without upskilling the procurement team in tandem with receiving external support from consultants on cost reduction initiatives, the whole exercise is doomed to fail once they leave, says Grahame Ball.
27 October 2014
Cath Houlihan
Cath Houlihan
"We need men and women to bring their substantial business experience to the fore," says CIPS Fellow Cath Houlihan who will be at a Fellows of the Future event this week, which aims to introduce current Fellows to aspiring CPOs.
23 October 2014
Rebecca Ellinor Tyler
Rebecca Ellinor
CIPS is asking members to participate in its latest CIPS/Hays UK salary survey, which will be used to examine career progression, recruitment and hiring trends. 
22 October 2014
Caroline Duncombe
Caroline Duncombe
Significant time and money is spent by procurement teams picking their way through bids that are unfit for purpose. Reducing the number of non-compliant bids would mean significant savings in terms of efficiency.
21 October 2014
Jon Milton
Jon Milton
Defining the right purchasing strategy for contingent labour in your business is not an easy task, but there are some key areas to focus on.
20 October 2014
Clare Tetlow
Clare Tetlow, Re:allies
Striving for continuous improvement is a key thread running throughout today’s UK organisations, and the tender process should be no different, says Clare Tetlow of Re:allies.
17 October 2014
Jon West
Hotelier distribution costs directly impact on the preferred rates that procurement managers benefit from, therefore they should be taking a closer look at the systems powering their corporate travel programmes, says Jon West.
16 October 2014
Jon Williams
Jon Williams is principal product manager at Achilles with responsibility for sustainability and corporate social responsibility
Firms need to take comprehensive and wide-ranging action to ensure supply chains are free of slavery, says Jon Williams of Achilles.
15 October 2014
Drew Hofler
Drew Hofler, senior manager of financial solutions at Ariba
Firms have much to learn about B2B payments following the launch of Apple Pay, argues Drew Hofler of Ariba.



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