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05May94 UK: PURCHASING NEGLECTED, SAYS CIPS - BY SENIOR CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY MANAGERS.

Senior construction industry managers still do not appreciate the importance of professional and efficient purchasing.This is the warning from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), whose report - Professional Purchasing Adds Profit - was welcomed by the industry when it was published last year.Despite the encouraging response to its report, the CIPS has had to cancel a conference for senior managers in the construction industry because of lack of interest.The CIPS believes that the target audience for the cancelled conference - top construction managers - might feel satisfied that purchasing in their own organisations is already making the maximum contribution towards profits.But Tony Pollington, secretary of the CIPS says: 'The problem is that so much of their purchasing power is done by other professionals who are trained to be fully aware of the benefits of a coordinated strategy.' CONSTRUCTION NEWS