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Chris Hoyle

Chris Hoyle

Chris Hoyle investigates how to manage procurement crises

The history of the world is littered with failures; some heroic like Dunkirk and others inglorious like Chernobyl. Procurement is no exception, even if it’s not so epic. The phrase ‘Crisis? What crisis?’ helped bring down the Labour government in 1979. Fashioned by a Sun journalist – and not Jim Callaghan, the Prime Minister, as is commonly thought – the headline caught the popular impression of a government unaware of a very serious state of affairs which had sneaked up on it. The phrase though emphasises the high penalty that can be paid by the unwary procurer. The message I’d like to deliver is a simple one and it’s derived from this phrase. Procurement crises happen – people and systems can fail – but informed people can prevent them, and when these crises occur they can rescue the situation.

Chris Hoyle reflects on the potential for economic efficiency in the years ahead

They think it’s all over. Well, it’s only just begun! With apologies to history (1966 and all that) the UK’s eventual exit from membership of the EU offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to introduce greater efficiency into public sector procurement and by doing so to remove the unnecessary ideological baggage that accompanies this area.