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Council Uses Buying Power to Improve Local Economy

Worcestershire County Council’s buyers are using the council’s spending power to boost their local economy – by including clauses in contracts to increase training and job opportunities in the area. The council’s purchasing department have announced a new plan to ensure that the council’s spending offers the maximum benefit to the local area, while still... - Read more

Posted: August 30th 2011 in Business & Economy

Businesses Challenged to Increase Supply Chain and Resource Efficiency

A £4.5 million fund has been created to encourage businesses to improve their supply chains with the aim of reducing their environmental impact and reliance on certain raw materials. The Technology Strategy Board, part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, has set up the initiative to prompt businesses to reduce their reliance on... - Read more

Posted: August 24th 2011 in Supply Chain Management

“Not Enough” Candidates Entering Purchasing Profession

There are not enough candidates entering the purchasing profession, despite increasing demand for graduate and mid-level purchasers. Duncan Ward, operations director of procurement and supply chain at recruitment consultants Badenoch & Clark, said that while procurement head-counts were rising and demand for skilled purchasing professionals remained high, there were still not enough people entering the industry.... - Read more

Posted: August 15th 2011 in Purchasing & Procurement

70 Percent of Employees Willing to Fund Their Own Training

The majority of employees would be willing to fund their own training, a survey has revealed. Research carried out by Middlesex University’s Institute for Work Based Learning over four years showed that seventy percent of those surveyed would be willing to pay for training, with the recession having little impact on people’s desire to train.... - Read more

Posted: August 15th 2011 in Education & Training

UK Exporters Expecting Further Growth

Confidence is rising amongst UK exporters as many expect their profitability to improve in the next 12 months. The DHL/BCC Trade Confidence Index surveyed more than 1000 exporters in the UK, and found that 46 percent expected increased turnover in the next year, up from 41 percent in the last quarter. Trade documentation data has... - Read more

Posted: August 9th 2011 in Import & Export

Facebook Competition: Win a Kindle!

Distance Learning College & Training are giving away a Kindle wi-fi e-reader along with £30 worth of Amazon vouchers to spend on your choice of e-books – perfect if you’re studying or just for some holiday reading! Entering is easy and completely free – just visit our Facebook page and follow the instructions to take part. The competition... - Read more

Posted: August 4th 2011 in DLC Features

Semta Launches Free Skills Gap Tool For SME’s

The Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies has released a free tool designed to help small companies identify skills gaps and get advice on training. Semta‘s Business 2 Skills online tool is designed to help smaller businesses benchmark their skills levels against the rest of their industry, and provides employers with a... - Read more

Posted: July 27th 2011 in Education & Training

Small Businesses Lack Purchasing Knowledge

Many small businesses are not aware of the benefits that procurement knowledge can bring to their business, according to a consultant. Ray Newall, who co-authored a book on spend management for SME’s, said that due to limited resources many small companies had only a basic knowledge of purchasing procedures. Newall believes that increasing their knowledge... - Read more

Posted: July 26th 2011 in Purchasing & Procurement

Manufacturing Partnership Set To Boost UK Exports

Manufacturing companies are set to benefit from a new partnership designed to boost UK exports. A memorandum between the manufacturer’s association EEF and UK Trade and Investment will help the two organisations to work together in promoting exports to emerging markets such as Brazil, China, Russia and India. The agreement comes after a survey by... - Read more

Posted: July 13th 2011 in Manufacturing

Jersey Propose CIPS ‘Licence to Practise’ for Buyers

Public sector buyers in Jersey must improve their purchasing skills  to help deliver £65 million savings targets over the next three years, the Chief Executive of Jersey’s government has said. Chief Executive John Richardson said that purchasing and supply training was key to achieving the necessary savings. His comments come shortly after the Chartered Institute... - Read more

Posted: July 12th 2011 in Purchasing & Procurement