what is procurement

Procurement: What it is and how it can benefit your business

There comes points in a person’s life where they discover something new and quickly wonder how they ever managed without it. Take, for example, the plastic tabs on the top of juice cartons. After years of struggling to tear an opening into the stubborn, thick material, spilling the liquid, swearing loudly, all before hacking at the corners with scissors or a knife, some bright spark had the idea to just put a tab on the top. And there it was. A way of doing something that was so frustrating for so long, was suddenly effortless.

Punctual payments

Punctual Payments: Why paying suppliers on-time creates more value than you think

Arguably, one of the most frustrating things about acquiring services from any supplier, is arranging for them to be paid. For some businesses, having to remunerate another organisation for services provided is such a bind, they delay payment for as long as is practicably possible before the legal letters start arriving.

Barkers announce 2018 social enterprise ambition

Procurement and commercial specialist Barkers, a consultancy that works with businesses to drive profitability, efficiencies and developing people, is now taking its commercial practice into the third sector with a series of initiatives aimed at both regional and national level.

The Modern Slavery Act: Compliance with one of the UK’s most ethical and moral pieces of legislation

Few words send a shudder down the spine quite like ‘slavery’. The concept of human beings treated as cattle is one we try to convince ourselves is rooted in ancient history. Regretfully, this is far from true. Slavery is very much a contemporary phenomenon. Indeed, The U.N. International Labor Organization, Walk Free, and The International Organization for Migration put the current figure of modern slaves at around 40 million. A quarter of these being children.

GDPR – don’t miss the commercial opportunity

GDPR: Don’t miss the commercial opportunity 

Since the Data Protection Act 1998 became enforceable, data protection has been serious business. The Act celebrates its 20th birthday with early retirement, replaced as it will be by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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