The Case for Change: Procurement Annual Report 2023

In last years’ Procurement Annual Survey we discussed the unprecedented procurement and supply chain challenges facing organisations and provided a series of recommendations on how to reimagine and to reinvent procurement for the future. Whilst supply chain resilience issues caused by the pandemic linger, other challenges have emerged with recent political and macroeconomic events significantly impacting energy and input...

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Analogue to Algorithm: Pioneering Change in a Digital Frontier

Delve into the importance of change in the procurement domain, how diverse approaches to change management can impact outcomes and how a harmonious blend of change management principles and technology can drive successful transformation.

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Is Security of Supply Possible in Deflationary Supply Markets? 

Falling prices can boost your bottom line, but can you secure supply in a deflationary market? This blog explores the challenges and opportunities of deflationary supply chains. Discover strategies for leveraging cost reductions while maintaining security.

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Glide Paths for Sustainable Growth: Our Takeaways from The WPC

We recently attended the World Procurement Congress which provided a great opportunity to delve into pressing retail and consumer challenges that a lot of our current clients are facing such as ESG, resilience, performance, partnerships, and digitalization. Read our key takeaways here.

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Future-Proofing Life Sciences Procurement: Key Trends From The World Procurement Congress

We're delighted to share some valuable insights gathered from the recent World Procurement Congress held in the vibrant city of London from May 14th - 16th, this event was a powerhouse of knowledge exchange and networking. The Life Sciences industry is experiencing significant transformations due to technological advancements, demographic shifts, regulatory changes, and evolving consumer expectations.

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The Procurement Act: What Do Practitioners Need to Know?

The Procurement Act 2023 will overhaul the existing public procurement regime in the UK. These reforms aim to create a simpler and more flexible procurement system, open up opportunities for new entrants (such as small businesses and social enterprises), and enhance transparency.

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Seven Steps of Strategic Sourcing

This guide introduces the key activities in strategic sourcing and focuses on the key steps to follow to ensure it can be successfully implemented within organisations.

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Building a More Inclusive and Equitable Workplace as a B Corp Consultancy

Happy Pride Month from the team at 4C - let’s work together to achieve a more inclusive and equitable workplace every day. 

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Lost Without a Map?

Companies across all industries are facing an existential choice: transform or die. The proliferation of technologies; AI, automation, big data, and the cloud are rapidly reshaping how businesses operate and deliver value. Embracing these innovations is no longer a matter of competitive edge but a prerequisite for survival in an era of accelerated digital transformation. However, achieving true digital...

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What is Strategic Sourcing? A Complete Guide

This guide introduces strategic sourcing and focuses on how this differs to traditional and tactical sourcing, why it is important for organisations, the benefits it can deliver and how it can be successfully implemented within organisations.

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Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Sustainable Procurement

In the pursuit of responsible business practices, sustainable procurement has emerged as a pivotal concept, intertwining economic efficiency with societal and environmental well-being.

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What Is Sustainable Procurement? A Comprehensive Guide

This guide highlights the importance of strategic sustainable procurement to the long-term success of organisations and presents a compelling case with the delivery of consistent financial and environmental benefits.  

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The Advantages And Benefits Of Sustainable Procurement

Organisations recognise the role that strategic sustainable procurement can play in their long-term success with the delivery of key ethical, environmental and economic objectives when sourcing third-party products and services from suppliers and the extended supply chain.

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Facing the Facts – It’s Time to Rethink Clinical Outsourcing 

Recently Will Sillar and Rob Aitchison have spent many enjoyable hours talking with some of the most experienced clinical sourcing professionals in the industry about our approach to clinical development sourcing and procurement.  We’d like to hear your thoughts and opinions on what’s right, wrong or plain broken within the life science industry’s approach to clinical development outsourcing.   

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Why Is This the Right Time for a Radical Rethink of the Clinical Outsourcing Model and Approach?

It is two decades since the Pharmaceutical Contract Management Group (PCMG) first highlighted how the approach to outsourcing of the biopharmaceutical industry compared to others, such as IT, automotive, or construction.  It concluded that pharma was at least 10 years behind in terms of maturity, vendor relationships, contracting and pricing. Find our why it's time for a radical rethink of...

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From Legislation to Action: Navigating the Path to Procurement Excellence 

The Procurement Act, which received Royal Assent last year, is set to revolutionize public sector procurement in the UK. It aims to modernize practices, enhance transparency, and prioritize value for money. Key provisions include thorough disclosure of procurement information, making procurement pipelines public, and requiring contracts over £2 million to include at least 3 KPIs. The Act emphasizes contract...

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