How to Navigate Business Telecoms Like a Pro.

According to the OECD, Britain has one of the most expensive digital networks for businesses to use. We also have one of the most comprehensive, albeit with some black spots. So, what can you do about it?


  1. Use a price comparison website.
Opera singers, pole dancing builders or meerkats… what a choice! These websites are great at comparing different deals from the main suppliers. But hang on… can you use these websites for your business? Well, no. No price comparison website we’ve seen does business telecoms. So, it’s a good job that we do! No opera, pole dancing or meerkats; just comparisons presented to you simply.
  1. Check this map
Is your business operational in any of the weak signal areas? If so, it might be worth checking which suppliers offer the best service in that area. However, the maps might not tell the whole story and do you really want to find that your CEO lives in a black spot after the contract is signed? We have proven, tried and tested ways to ensure that you are 100% clear about coverage in key areas before signing your contract; it’s just another component of our Intelligent Cost Reduction plans.
  1. Achieve Fair Market Value
You need to make sure that you are not sacrificing your business’ telecom’s customer service, voice/data quality and payment terms to get the cheapest deal. For business telecoms, alongside the price, we recommend listing the:
  • billing cycle
  • payment terms
  • contract length
  • call connection charges
  • online billing access
  • account management
  • broadband upload/download speed
That way you can ensure your business achieves Fair Market Value. At The Procurement Group, our purpose is to help our customers achieve Fair Market Value. Our Intelligent Cost Control plans are not just about price; the plans are enshrined in a commitment not to  compromise service, product quality and payment terms.
That’s it! Simple, right? Now you can navigate business telecoms like a good ‘un. However, is that enough for your business? If you want to be a pro, why don’t you navigate your telecoms as a Procurement Group client? Call Simon Unger today on 0800 019 3244 to have your free 15-minute telecoms review. Or e-mail him now!

Do You Need To Transform Your Procurement Process?

How your business partners and gains buy-in from suppliers will influence not just your overheads, but your CSR policy, Procurement policy and quite possibly even extend to your HR policy too.
There’s a magnitude of variables involved in procurement that to the average business owner, without a professional procurement team (or even just a manager) in place to manage suppliers, things won’t go as smooth as they could do.

What Professional Procurement Entails

·         Understanding Value
This goes beyond assigning a monetary value to lock in savings commitments through procurement. Value differs by company and it’s the business owner who ultimately determines what he or she defines as value.
Your company may value supporting SMBs for goods and services supplied, while another may place more importance on the value of green sourcing.
Whatever values your company supports and works hard at upholding as part of your CSR policy, can be supported and further championed by working with suppliers with the same core values.
Values go beyond figures.
·         Professionalism throughout procurement
One of the best approaches to ensure professionalism in procurement is to ensure your buyers, whether in-house or outsourced, are invested in continual professional development.
In the UK, you can simply check with The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS).
By investing in people who invest in keeping their expertise current, you can be certain that your company will meet or even exceed compliance requirements.
In addition, further areas that will not be neglected is market research, which is essential prior to issuing RFPs (Request for Proposals) to begin the tendering process. Moreover, ethical standards will be included in the analysis of potential suppliers as well as having sound organisational knowledge.
When CPD is part of your HR policy, complimenting your procurement policies, you will find it to be beneficial for improving your entire procurement process.

The fundamentals

Combine…
·         The Principles of fairness
·         Integrity
·         Transparency through competitors
By using the above fundamentals, you will achieve better operational efficiencies, reduce corruption, increase effectiveness throughout your supply chain… all of which brings us right back to the starting point of value – your business will reap the benefits of value for money, and your policy will enhance customer trust, and enable your business to gain a competitive edge.

Plus, you get the data to make further improvements to your procurement process

Data analysis is critical for business development. The longer you’re operational, the more data you will collect and store both in paper format and in digital format.
The majority of the data gathered by procurement professionals must be understood in order to enhance your business processes.
Data analysis can be done whenever you feel the need to, quarterly, bi-quarterly, annually or ad-hoc.
With the magnitude of data at your fingertips,
·         Benchmarking can be done
·         Supplies and suppliers monitored
·         Contracts evaluated

Introducing a transformation process

Chances are, there’s something above that your business hasn’t covered already with your systems and business processes. To implement any of it would involve transforming how you currently manage your suppliers, contracts, tendering process and quite possibly, your entire procurement policy.
The good news is that it’s not too late to make changes, because frankly, to experience efficiencies through procurement, it takes an ongoing approach.
There are plays you can make for the short-term, others will be long-term. 
Whatever your ambitions are to better your supplier management, there are three steps you can take that will transform how your business buys-in.
1.      Assess your current procurement situation
2.      Plan changes strategically (seek advice if you lack the market research or organisational knowledge)
3.      Implement the changes you deem necessary   
      This 3-step approach will need to be done periodically. The more your business matures, the more frequently your procurement team will need to repeat the above three steps to ensure any gaps are identified, addressed and changes implemented for faster improvements. 
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