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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | September 20, 2017

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What are the benefits of outsourcing recruitment assessment for SMEs?

May 12, 2017 |

Recruitment is a serious matter for businesses of all sizes. It is a pricey process, both in terms of time and money. As such, we all enter into recruitment hoping to land an incredible employee who will add value to … Read More

The ‘mid-market reality check’: what are the real procurement priorities for UK medium-sized businesses in 2017?

March 6, 2017 |

There always seems to be plenty of commentary around what’s driving innovation and growth in both large enterprises and startups. By comparison, the mid-market seems slightly neglected; this seems an oversight given the crucial role it plays in the UK … Read More

Surviving Brexit, the staff augmentation way

October 10, 2016 |

Experts agree it’s too soon to say what the mid-term effects of Brexit are going to be on the UK and European economy. Despite early signs of business and consumer confidence shrugging off doubts, we can surely all agree that … Read More

Relationship marketing: is the (out)sourcing of innovation a buyer’s dream challenge?

September 8, 2016 |

I recently posted on LinkedIn an article relating to the outsourcing of innovation, how large corporates were joining up with entrepreneurs and startups in the fashion, cosmetics and lifestyle sectors to form a ‘supply chain of innovation’; and what opportunities … Read More

Are you ready to outsource your CIO?

July 26, 2016 |

Outsourcing has always been a key component of the technology sector; however recently it has been not just basic IT services, but key CIO roles taken on by outsiders. The term ‘virtual CIO’ (vCIO) is gaining increasing momentum, and refers … Read More

TOP TEN: Outsourcing Myths & Legends

June 27, 2016 |

The world of outsourcing is a mysterious place anyway, full of bizarre practice, obscure (even obscurantist) jargon, and technology that is increasingly indistinguishable from magic – yet some parts of our shared folklore take this oddness to a whole new level … Read More

Is the UK’s government doing enough to promote SME exports ahead of the EU referendum?

March 18, 2016 |

With the EU referendum just a few months away, David Cameron and his pro-EU peers need to do everything they can to remind businesses of the outsourcing and trade benefits that come with remaining in Europe.

However, a recent YouGov … Read More

Saving money through outsourcing HR and payroll

February 9, 2016 |

HR is one of the most commonly outsourced functions, as it involves both complex and time-consuming tasks. Outsourcing HR services can have a positive impact on an organisation, effectively saving money whilst simultaneously increasing the quality and efficiency of the company’s … Read More

SMEs split on the outsourcing effects of an EU exit

November 9, 2015 |

With David Cameron pushing for the EU referendum to take place as early as next year, SMEs are debating whether an EU exit would make it more difficult for them to outsource work to companies in Europe.

In general, SMEs … Read More

SMEs: embrace outsourcing predictive analytics to be more competitive!

October 30, 2015 |

I recently presented – in my capacity as Head of Performance at Avon & Somerset Police – a session on how predictive analytics can transform crime fighting at the Aecus Innovation Showcase 2015. I must say, the innovation presented by … Read More

Knowing when it’s time to outsource your HR

August 17, 2015 |

HR is a necessary part of the daily running of a business. From payroll and managing staff leave to handling employee data and keeping up with the latest legislation, HR duties are time-consuming tasks. In small and medium-sized businesses that … Read More

Taking stock of POP: how SMBs should address their fragmented purchase order processes

August 14, 2015 |

Small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) could be missing out on all sorts of efficiency savings and everyday spending intelligence according to a survey commissioned by Invu. The survey of finance personnel from public and private sector SMBs reveals that even … Read More

Pay up! Why big players need to treat SMEs fairly…

July 14, 2015 |

Successive governments have promised to cut red tape for businesses and the fact that we have had yet another pledge to end bureaucracy suggests they have so far failed to deliver.

But what makes the latest declaration, from business secretary … Read More

Outsourcing opportunities in the UK public sector

April 7, 2015 |

Changes to public procurement rules have made it easier for small and medium-sized businesses to compete for public sector contracts. The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 are intended to provide a more modern, flexible and streamlined regime. Contracting authorities will be … Read More

C-level technologists and the cloud

November 7, 2014 |

Five years ago, I was at a conference for technology service providers who focus on the charity and not for profit sector. There was much discussion of cloud and how everything that such services offered could be delivered through traditionalRead More

Supplier diversity: coming of age in the UK

March 21, 2014 |

Supplier diversity, originating in the US, is now gathering momentum in the UK. Indeed in a recent procurement conference it was the general view that supplier diversity was the next happening thing and something that companies needed to embrace.

At … Read More