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The future for commercial is bright… but are we staring at the sun?

17 July 2019

Commercial teams in the public sector are taking huge strides to improve their capability and influence, but Proxima asks - do we risk being blinded by undeliverable promises and expectations?

Promoting the SME agenda in Government: An interview with a member of the SME Advisory Panel

5 July 2019

Proxima speaks with Jonathan Lewis about what progress the SME advisory panel has already made, and what remains to be done 

What does Social Value mean for the forward thinking CPO?

28 June 2019

Too often Corporate Social Responsibility is seen as a passing fad - including by those in the civil service - says Proxima. They ask: will 2019 be a step-change year?

Becoming 'Commercial': Managing public sector expenditure

19 June 2019

Managing public sector spending is so much more than just 'procurement' or 'sourcing', Proxima writes in this article, which examines the government's approach to commercial

The evolution of the procurement function in the public sector

11 June 2019

The procurement profession advises other business areas on how to spend their money more wisely. Proxima details a scale for organisations to judge their procurement journey by 

The robots (still) want your job: How to spot your next one

4 June 2019

A robot is either going to replace you, or help you to get better at your job, says Proxima. So what can you do?

Are shared values the secret behind long term value delivery?

28 May 2019

Proxima examines the concept of a shared value approach, and questions whether such an approach is viable in the long-run

Commercial Awareness Week: An interview with Marco Salzedo

20 May 2019

As we enter Commercial Awareness Week, Proxima speaks with the Government Commercial Function's director of commercial and contract management capability

Procuring with purpose: Interview with Kris Bryson of the WildHearts Group

7 May 2019

The WildHearts Group is the largest B2B social enterprise in the UK, providing solutions in consumables and document management across the UK. Proxima caught up with Kris Bryson, Partnerships...

Why is contract management so difficult to get right in the public sector?

30 April 2019

Contract management is critical to minimising risks and optimising added value, but in 2015 the NAO found ‘systematic weaknesses’ throughout Government Commercial. Proxima explains why it might be...

Contract management risk: A continuous balancing act between buyer and supplier

23 April 2019

Proxima invited John Collington, the former Government Chief Procurement Officer, to speak about the management of supplier risk 

The robots want your job - staying ahead in the age of automation

16 April 2019

Up to 800 million jobs will be lost by 2030 and replaced by robotic automation. Proxima explains how to ensure that your procurement and business skills will keep your job safe during the rise of...

Can Procurement beat ‘The Brexit Effect'?

8 April 2019

Proxima details how, under Brexit, the Government's commercial function is experiencing similar challenges to the rest of the Civil Service and Whitehall 

Creating transformational commercial change in the public sector

4 April 2019

In the age of austerity, Proxima believes that departments’ procurement and commercial teams need to move their focus from the tendering process itself, and concentrate their efforts on supplier...