UNEP acquires leading procurement management consulting firm

Published 16 July 2012

UNE Partnerships Pty Ltd has acquired one of Australia’s leading management consulting firms specialising in procurement and probity – Contracting and Tendering Services (CTS).

“CTS is a natural fit for UNE Partnerships as both companies have had a long association in the delivery of procurement education and training,” said the Chairman of the Board of UNE Partnerships, Dr James Harris, in announcing the acquisition. “The board is very confident that together we will have a great future.”

UNE Partnerships, based in Armidale NSW, is the education training company owned by the University of New England. It currently delivers accredited procurement training to a number of clients, including the Department of Defence.

Richard Doyle, Managing Director of UNE Partnerships, said that this was the first acquisition for the company, which has grown steadily and has plans in place to expand its business nationally. Mr Doyle said that procurement – while challenged by skills shortages – was one of the fastest-growing professions in Australia.

“UNE Partnerships is now well placed to provide expanded procurement training and consulting services to both the corporate and public sectors in Australia, as well as overseas,” he said. “We can now play an important role in procurement professionalisation.”

CTS is an Adelaide-based firm that has worked throughout Asia and the Pacific and in all States and Territories of Australia. A registered training organisation, it is an approved study centre for the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Australasia.

“The management team at CTS is excited by the opportunities to consolidate and grow the business nationally with the support of UNE Partnerships’ considerable capability in areas such as online learning,” said Greg Kendall of CTS. “This support will enable further expansion into defence, mining and construction, and the public sector across Australia.”

Clicking on the UNE Partnerships logo above reveals a photograph of Richard Doyle and Greg Kendall at the announcement of the acquisition.