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MT2 Season Three: Episode Twenty-two

Is it fit for purpose?
  Are you buying the right product or service for the job?   Don't forget you can view all the episodes from Season Three here. Or why not catch up on Season One o… http://minervapcs.com/blog/mt2-season-3-episode-22/

Oil; making your purchasing slick (sorry I couldn’t resist it)!

Oil; making your purchasing slick (sorry I couldn’t resist it)!
Being a school in the countryside is a wonderful benefit for both staff and students.  However, there is at least one major downside with having such a location and that is the fa… http://minervapcs.com/blog/oil-making-your-purchasing-slick-sorry-i-couldnt-resist-it/

A job well done!

A job well done!
We've been hard at work saving our schools lots of time and money and there is simply nothing better than knowing we've done a great job for our clients. We were therefore delight… http://minervapcs.com/blog/job-well-done/

We've done it again!

We've done it again!
We were thrilled to hear that we have been selected as finalists in the Education Investor Awards for the second year running! Submissions were up in terms of quantity (30%) an… http://minervapcs.com/blog/weve-done-it-again/

Minerva Director Lorraine Ashover strikes gold at The Stevie Awards for Women in Business

Lorraine Ashover, Director of Minerva Procurement Consultancy Services Limited, has been named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year … http://minervapcs.com/blog/minerva-director-lorraine-ashover-strikes-gold-at-the-stevie-awards-for-women-in-business/

When service improvements are as important as saving money.

When service improvements are as important as saving money.
Minerva has recently concluded a review of a cleaning contract for Prince’s Mead School in Winchester.   The contract was outsourced to a small local cleaning contractor and the s… http://minervapcs.com/blog/when-service-improvements-are-important-saving-money/

Taking a bite out of the Big Apple!

Taking a bite out of the Big Apple!
Director Lorraine Ashover has taken Minerva success global by being named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Services – less than… http://minervapcs.com/blog/taking-bite-out-big-apple/

It's your money....don't print it

It's your money....don't print it
Today’s schools – be they large or small – realise that it’s impossible to achieve better results if they simply do the same thing over and over again. Many people have an instinc… http://minervapcs.com/blog/its-your-moneydont-print-it/

What can James Bond teach us about procurement?

As the latest Bond movie Skyfall is released take a look at my thoughts on what James Bond can teach us about coach transport procurement.  A little tongue in cheek I know b… http://minervapcs.com/blog/what-can-james-bond-teach-us-about-procurement/

Up on the O2 – procurement advice from a different perspective!

The other I had a phenomenal time climbing over the roof of the O2 at Greenwich.  I highly recommend it if you get the chance.  But what, I hear you cry, has that got to do … http://minervapcs.com/blog/o2-procurement-advice-different-perspective/

Like buses; you wait for one award nomination and then two come along at once!

Here at Minerva as are delighted to have been shortlisted for not one but two awards! We are finalists in the Wow Network Entrepreneur of the Year as well as in the Schoo… http://minervapcs.com/blog/buses-you-wait-one-award-nomination-and-then-two-come-along-once/

Why I have a company annual birthday bash!

Have any of you read Delivering Happiness by Tony Hseih? You should! It’s a fantastic book all about the journey of Tony and his company Zappos, the $billion online retailin… http://minervapcs.com/blog/why-i-have-company-annual-birthday-bash/

Heating oil procurement – “Better the devil you know…..?”

There is one area of procurement spend that many schools are extremely wary of – heating oil.  It’s hardly surprising bearing in mind the complex and volatile nature of pric… http://minervapcs.com/blog/heating-oil-procurement-better-devil-you-know/

Oil procurement case study and global market overview

There is one area of procurement spend that many schools are extremely wary of – oil.  It’s hardly surprising bearing in  mind the complex and volatile nature of pricing.  S… http://minervapcs.com/blog/oil-procurement-case-study-and-global-market-overview/

Question: When is a preferred supplier list not a preferred supplier list?

Answer: When your staff choose to ignore it and do their own thing! Interesting article in Supply Management magazine today around this subject which is something schools… http://minervapcs.com/blog/question-when-preferred-supplier-list-not-preferred-supplier-list/

The commercial benefits of sustainable print procurement

‘Green’ products are sold as an ethical choice and, because they have added value, often attract a price premium. Businesses create the idea that a ‘green’ product offers mo… http://minervapcs.com/blog/commercial-benefits-sustainable-print-procurement/

The future for energy costs

By Jo Butlin, Vice President – Retail, SmartestEnergy Limited, the leading purchaser and supplier of renewable energy from the independent generation sector in the UK. www.s… http://minervapcs.com/blog/future-energy-costs/

Glass half full or half empty? Seasons greetings!

As we approach the end of 2010 it is a natural time for reflection on the positives, and areas with room for improvement, in our personal and professional lives. An artic… http://minervapcs.com/blog/glass-half-full-or-half-empty-seasons-greetings/

Procurement is no easy job – just ask the Government.

The last few weeks have delivered a plethora of news stories on efficient (or in most cases inefficient) procurement practices. The main story has been around Sir Philip … http://minervapcs.com/blog/procurement-no-easy-job-just-ask-government/

Breakfast news.

Had a great breakfast meeting this morning organised by the HW team.  I love these opportunities to get together with like-minded business people and the discussions are alw… http://minervapcs.com/blog/breakfast-news/

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