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A series of articles on increasing enterprise value
from the Insider Pro consultancy team.

Jeremy Bowley

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Insiders at work

Posted by Jeremy Bowley

30 days after joining us, I asked our latest recruit how she feels about working for Insider Pro:

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Topics: Our Team

Risk management in the hospitality industry

Posted by Jeremy Bowley

 

Casual dining restaurants have created mini food factories around the globe where consistency, quality, speed and value are key. Downtime costs each restaurant hundreds if not thousands of pounds per minute in lost sales and spoiled product.

So, when a restaurant chain approached us to help reduce their maintenance cost, reducing risk as well as cost was at the forefront of our minds.

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Topics: Case Studies

5 ways to accelerate business growth

Posted by Jeremy Bowley

Companies that have surpassed the £20m turnover mark have already worked hard to structure their business in a way that maximises business growth and the value of their enterprise;

They’ve been focused on driving sales

They've negotiated costs to the best of their ability

They’ve reviewed and optimised their operational processes.

In short, they’ve already examined each area of the business.

Yet many CEO’s and investors that I speak to know that they could do even better. They’re just not sure how.

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Topics: Procurement Consultancy, How to grow a business

8 essentials for best practice procurement

Posted by Jeremy Bowley

"Best practice" is a phrase that can be over-used, but nonetheless sought-after by all concerned.  This list combines suggestions from the top industry gurus - including our modest selves!

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Topics: Best Practice, Procurement Consultancy

Disruptive procurement in action: manufacturing company

Posted by Jeremy Bowley

If your procurement team took steps to reduce the total cost of ownership for a piece of equipment, they’d probably deserve a pat on the back (at least!).

But what if they took a further step and looked at the function of that piece of equipment and determined a better way?

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Topics: Disruptive Procurement, Procurement People, Case Studies

Procurement team assessment - 7 questions

Posted by Jeremy Bowley

Procurement teams are generally assessed on their ability to meet budgets.  But if they hit their target every time, does that mean they are really good at their job, or that the spend target is too easy to achieve?

Should you be asking your procurement team to cut costs even more, or should their success be more closely aligned with company goals and driving shareholder value?

Clearly, when margins have been cut back several times there comes a point where simple cost cutting cannot be achieved.  As a consequence, the more astute procurement teams focus instead on ways to impact total cost of ownership, overall profitability, business competitiveness, risk reduction and other elements that drive enterprise value.

To test whether your team has made that leap and moved away from the traditional procurement role into the more dynamic, mission-critical role that your business needs, try this simple checklist:

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Topics: Procurement People, Best Practice, Procurement Consultancy

An FD's Guide to Disruptive Procurement

Posted by Jeremy Bowley

Today's procurement teams are being challenged to reduce costs, but in many cases are finding that suppliers have no further room for negotiation.

After round upon round of cost reduction projects, the traditional approaches are running out of steam.

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Topics: Disruptive Procurement, Procurement Consultancy

What can we learn from the Tesco Booker Merger?

Posted by Jeremy Bowley

As procurement consultants, we are always looking for great examples of disruptive procurement in action.

The $3.7bn Tesco Booker takeover was a great example of disruption in the food distribution marketplace.

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Topics: Disruptive Procurement, Best Practice

Construction: Supplier performance management - the 7 questions you should be asking

Posted by Jeremy Bowley

We worked with a national builder and cut £millions off their cost base, moving their business from being uncompetitive to one of the most profitable in the industry.

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Topics: Best Practice, Supply Chain Management, Case Studies

Why procurement should be involved in business innovation

Posted by Jeremy Bowley

Procurement consultants aren't usually challenged with driving business innovation.

More likely, they are charged with reducing the bottom line financial figures.

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Topics: Disruptive Procurement, Procurement Consultancy, Innovation