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Shared services: some basic pointers

Thursday 5 April, 2012

After reading the National Audit Office (NAO) report on shared services, Colin Cram, a public sector consultant specialising in procurement, has produced a quick and simple checklist based on his experience to help improve the management of shared services projects. Read more...

UK Financial services sector growth continues and optimism improves - according to survey

Wednesday 4 April, 2012

According to the latest CBI/PwC Financial Services Survey, the volume of business in the financial services sector grew for the eighth quarter running at well above the average pace in the three months to March. The growth is reflected in the first rise in optimism among financial services firms (+32%) in a year and an unexpected increase in employment in the sector (a balance of +19%). Companies also plan to invest more in IT over the next year. Read more..

Outsourcing requires the right in-house skills

Tuesday 3 April, 2012

According to research by totaljobs.com, a lack of skills is limiting local and Central Government’s ability to manage outsourced contracts. The research was carried out after speaking to more than 100 senior managers across local and Central Government. More than 50% of the decision makers that responded highlighted the need to improve project management capabilities whilst a lack of skills was also acknowledged as a contributing factor. Read more..

Buyers increasingly recognise suppliers as ‘Equals’ but late payment persists

Friday 30 March, 2012

Supply chains are evolving into complex networks of commercial interactions

Global finance executives are concerned that the interdependency between suppliers, partners and customers, a consequence of increasingly complex supply networks, is creating commercial risks for buyer organisations, according to a report by Basware.

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