2024: Procurement Challenge, Opportunity and Transformation

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2023 was tough. And if your profession happens to be Procurement transformation, it’s likely – in the workplace, at least – it’s been even more so. A business fighting for...

FTSE 30 CPG Client – IT Procurement

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Barkers were retained by a FTSE 30 CPG client to support its selection of Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software and a MES Systems Integrator and the subsequent software licensing and...

Contract Negotiation – A How To Guide for 2024

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2024 Contract Negotiation Guide. In a perfect world, a supplier would just provide you with their service or product at the price you want without any hesitation. But we don’t...

Pressures That Procurement Faces

What Are the Pressures That Procurement Faces In 2024 and Beyond?

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The Pressures That Procurement Faces In 2024. In recent years, we have seen the demand placed upon the Procurement function significantly increase. Last year, McKinsey reported that in 2023 alone,...

How to Optimise a Small Procurement Department

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There are several different reasons why you might wish to optimise your procurement department. Your business or organisation could be entering a new growth phase or a growth strategy phase....

Business Stream – Outsourced IT Managed Service Support

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Business Stream’s current outsourced IT Managed Service was due to expire which presented an opportunity to review whether the existing provision met strategic IT requirements. Barkers were asked to develop...

Procurement Bill 2023 becomes Procurement Act 2023 after receiving Royal Assent

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The Procurement Bill 2023, a government bill to reform public procurement, has received Royal Assent, completing the bill’s journey through parliament. The bill, which first entered the House of Lords...

Why Utility Infrastructure Firms Need A Digital Focus on Procurement – Ebook

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Utility firms are under pressure to act more sustainably, enhance customer service and improve processes and procedures. And with the commencement of AMP8 in less than 18 months and the...

Procurement for Small and Medium Enterprises

The Importance of Procurement for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

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As a small or medium enterprise, making your resources go as far as possible counts and procurement plays an integral part in this. In this blog we review why robust...

How SMEs Can Win Government Contracts

A Guide to How SMEs Can Win Government Contracts

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Winning a government contract is a significant challenge for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Even the UK Government has acknowledged on its website the barriers these businesses face when tendering...

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