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Scotland’s Commercial Director and Chief Procurement Officer Alastair Merrill becomes a regular PI EU Edition Columnist by Jon Hansen

June 6, 2013


When Colin Cram and I first talked about launching the new Procurement Insights European Union Edition, one of the first questions we asked ourselves is “how can we be different.” I am not talking about a new marketing angle or an esthetically pleasing visual experience – although the blog format does have a certain appeal.  […]

Procurement Fraud by Colin Cram FCIPS

April 25, 2013


Editor’s NOTE: As a follow-up to my April 23rd post “Where did purchasing go wrong: Businessman sells £50 Million of fake bomb detection equipment to governments around the world,” contributing columnist Colin Cram has by way of today’s post provided his take on the James McCormick case. The recent fraud case where businessman, James McCormick […]

Margaret Thatcher: An Insider’s Perspective by Colin Cram (Part 1)

April 11, 2013


In 1980 I joined the Cabinet Office in 1980 as part of a team set up to support the efficiency and reform agenda of Margaret Thatcher’s newly elected government and to supplement the work of the then Sir Derek Rayner, the Prime Minister’s efficiency adviser. Continuing in that role within the Cabinet Office and then […]

Horseplay in Food Supply Chains by Colin Cram

February 21, 2013


The week started off badly. According to a report in the ‘Times’ newspaper, I was born in the least romantic town in the UK, Scunthorpe. I guess I am fortunate to be alive. However, my gloom was lifted by a certain amount of horseplay. Firstly, the skeleton of King Richard III was pronounced genuine. He […]