BuyLine Issue 19 – May 2015
CBC - a Commercial Procurement Alliance
CBC, like many other large bodies, periodically needs to review its purpose and image. Its role as a progressive procurement enabler to a widening public sector customer base is growing, and so also is its scope and relationship with suppliers. Consequently, the Management Committee has redefined our strapline from ‘CBC National Voice – Local choice’ to ‘CBC – a Commercial Procurement Alliance’.
We can make this refinement to our identity visible, by introducing the following new CBC logotype:
The Communications Group will be sending out some guidance to CBC staff, the media, professional bodies and suppliers about our corporate style. In the mean time, CBC staff can use this new logo on reports, minutes and agenda, and a copy of it is available by e-mailing a request to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CBC was represented at Procurex
South 2015 at Olympia in March
and this picture shows how
our new logotype appeared.
CBC WEB FORUM (YAMMER)
An Exchange for Ideas, Queries and Comments
Since November 2014 we have launched seven web groups on the Yammer platform for CBC. The launch of each Yammer group was notified to known members of the respective CBC Category or Support Group.
Yammer’s communication platform provides a discrete new discussion forum for each CBC group. It can be usedfor posting questions, answers, useful facts, thoughts, suggestions, and discussion points. This is something of an experiment - so please share your immediate reactions! (To: email@example.com.).
In particular, the Energy and Transport Yammer Groups have communicated with some enthusiasm, but we are keen that all groups are aware of the practical advantages of using this facility. The initiative has been endorsed by the CBC Management Committee and is being set up for groups by CBC Communications colleagues. So far the following groups have been launched:
Please contact CBC Communications (firstname.lastname@example.org) if your group has yet to be set up.
EU REGULATIONS 2015 – CBC Workshops
Professionalism in Contracting
CBC’s procurement specialists should be well placed to operate according to the newly issued EU Procurement Regulations. This is because 174 of our procurement staff have benefited from one-day workshops recently delivered by procurement law expert, David Gollancz. Due to the high level of interest in this training opportunity, it was necessary to mount it at the premises of member-authorities in Dunstable, Maidstone and Winchester. The training will enable the development of practical tools to monitor and manage procurement savings, and will of course ensure legal compliance in CBC’s framework agreements.
David Gollancz, is a leading barrister specializing in EU public procurement legislation, and these workshops were part of a CBC funded programme open to procurement and legal colleagues from CBC Members. The full set of David’s PowerPoint slides supporting the presentations is available on the CBC website (www.hants.gov.uk/cbc in the members’ secure area) for reading or download.
The following CCS web site may also be of interest to CBC staff; www.gov.uk/transposing-eu-procurement-directives. It provides links to various documents including the Regulations and details of Lord Young’s reforms.
Chairman Endorses Training as a Priority
CBC Chairman, Paul White, has reported to the CBC Management Committee that “We are rightly proud of our procurement staff operating to the highest standards in public sector procurement, and see CBC arranging for this sort of professional training as one of the key methods to retain this reputation”.
Training and Networking
Some views of the training sessions
Procurement vacancies in the public sector are being announced on a new page created within the secure Staff Pages of the CBC website at www.hants.gov.uk/cbc.
To let you know about job vacancies we have created new space in the secure Staff Pages area of the CBC Website. Please go to www.hants.gov.uk/cbc, and then into ‘Recruitment’ in the staff pages secure area.
Job opportunities are important, so here is a note to ourselves -
CBC Staff: please refer to these pages to find details of notified vacancies and information about application processes.
CBC Management Committee: (1) please ask your HR colleagues to make this information available for release on the CBC website;
(2) please ask contacts you have at non-CBC public sector procurement organisations for any news of procurement vacancies.