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Innovation 'vital to achieve construction procurement savings'

13 February 2012

Embracing innovative new approaches to procurement will be essential in helping the construction sector to achieve its savings targets.

This is according to Kieran Brocklebank, head of strategy and performance, supply chain and commercial operations at United Utilities, who stated at a recent Sustainable Supply Chains conference in London that firms which do not change their ways will never improve.

The expert suggested that simply purchasing the same products from more sustainable suppliers is unlikely to make a tangible difference, stating that it is by far preferable to instead procure more sustainable products and services, reports Supply Management.

Mr Brocklebank said it is therefore vital that key decision-makers remember the importance of taking on innovative new ideas.

"There are a lot of issues we have internally about ... welcoming new ideas, considering them, filtering them and giving feedback to suppliers on whether they want to do that or not," he explained.

Last week, a survey by business software provider Science Warehouse revealed that cost reduction has become the main procurement priority for 2012 among British companies.

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