Europe/Middle East/Africa

Nearshoring Across the Irish Sea

Posted: 08/11/2018 - 00:33
As the war for talent and skills dominates the working world, Ireland’s position as a multilingual hub within the Eurozone is proving very attractive for UK organisations that are looking to outsource their services closer to home. In advance of Britain’s exit from the European Union, companies have looked to their neighbour to help provide their services across Europe and further afield.
 

Brexit: The Impact of Immigration and Trade on the Search for Talent in the UK

Posted: 07/06/2018 - 00:24

As many people know, the UK has voted to leave the European Union effective of Friday, 29 March 2019, with a 21-month transition period. There has been a provisional agreement over three issues, most notably budget commitments and EU citizens’ rights, and talks have now moved to agreeing on the future relationship between the UK and EU.

Time to ‘Think Zebras’ – Ushering Innovative Automation into UK Businesses

Posted: 03/21/2018 - 06:42
Ushering innovative automation into UK business

The UK has a productivity problem. We’re lagging well behind our European neighbours and have been for decades. One of the reasons? Advocates of the tired theory of taking the ‘path of least resistance,’ discourage businesses from trying anything new when a tried way of doing something is available. 

Minimizing Risk in the Outsource Model

Posted: 02/22/2018 - 05:53

2018 is not the first time our industry has come under fire. It’s had a colourful history from tales of cost-cutting to ethical arguments around driving labour arbitrage. Outsourcing has often been misunderstood and the whole industry blamed when things go wrong. But with the recent, spectacular collapse of Carillion we are seeing a renewed attack from certain corners in relation to the “failure of outsourcing.” A grand, sweeping statement, but is there any truth in it? 

Q&A: Jamie Ogilvie-Smals, GEP 

Posted: 11/15/2017 - 02:20

Mark Pollack (MP): Jamie, tell our readers about yourself and your role within the organization. 

Jamie Ogilvie-Smals (JOS): GEP is the largest provider of unified procurement solutions in the world, combining strategic consulting, managed procurement services and cloud-based procurement software. We have a rapidly-expanding, blue-chip client base of Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Why multiplying compliance risks demand a calculated strategy

Posted: 05/11/2017 - 07:43

In the past, compliance risk was a top-of-mind issue among select industries: regulators appeared to have banking and financial services, along with energy and extractives, under a constant microscope. But as supply chains expanded across oceans and continents, and countries legislated regulations to address bribery and corruption, terrorist financing and human trafficking, compliance risk grew for all types of organisations. Now the pressure is on you.

Will the UK save £1.6bn on procurement after Brexit?

Posted: 05/05/2017 - 19:59

In its campaign against the UK's continued membership of the European Union, 'Vote Leave' claimed that EU procurement rules, which govern the purchase of goods and services by public sector bodies, cost UK taxpayers £1.6bn a year. It also claimed that 1.9 million days a year are lost to red tape delays.

Is it likely or possible that the UK can save this money and time cost by changing the public procurement rules after Brexit?

Current system

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