May 17, 2020

Q8Aviation is voted top fuel supplier in Europe

Freddie Pierce
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Amesbury (R), receives the award from Carter (L)
Q8Aviation has been voted Best Regional Marketer inEuropein the 2012 Armbrust Annual Survey, the leading independent survey that seeks the views of air...

Q8Aviation has been voted Best Regional Marketer in Europe in the 2012 Armbrust Annual Survey, the leading independent survey that seeks the views of airline customers on fuel operators' performance. This is the third year running and the eighth time out of the last ten years of the awards that Q8Aviation has won the accolade of top fuel supplier in Europe. Almost half of the airlines surveyed voted Q8Aviation as their top choice.

The award was presented to Julian Amesbury, Commercial Director at Q8Aviation, at the IATA Fuel Forum in Berlin on 8th May.

Fadel Al-Faraj, General Manager of Q8Aviation, comments: 'It is a great pleasure to win this award again, particularly as we have been chosen by those who matter most - our airline customers. Our team at Q8Aviation is committed to continuous improvement in all aspects of our service and we will continue to push for even higher standards in future.'

The seventeenth Armbrust Survey attracted nearly 100 responses from airlines representing around 75 per cent of the jet fuel bought and sold worldwide. In a rigorous questionnaire, airlines were asked to rank fuel operators against five service criteria covering the whole range of business activities from operational quality through to price and backroom support.

Armbrust's International Director, Keith Carter, says: 'I was delighted to announce that Q8Aviation has been voted into the number one spot for the third year running, with clear daylight between them and their competitors. It shows a real commitment to the industry. I would also like to thank everyone who contributed to the Survey, ensuring that it continues to be the premier measure of overall performance in our challenging business.'

The Armbrust Aviation Group acts as a consultant to airlines, airports, fuel producers and distributors, and government agencies; it publishes the monthly Jet Fuel Report.

About Q8 Aviation

Q8Aviation is a fast-growing dynamic company and one of the world's leading marketers of aviation fuel. As a subsidiary of a major oil producer, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, it has the unique claim of a service that stretches 'safely from well head to wing tip'. It operates a jet fuel service at many of the world's leading international and regional airport.

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Jun 10, 2021

Will Public Procurement Budgets Increase in 2021?

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Often overlooked, government procurement professionals will play a critical role in helping communities, and local businesses recover from the pandemic

Procurement is more than just a private enterprise. COVID-19 reminded us that sourcing materials is an essential part of the government’s role. Throughout 2022, tiny departments sourced massive amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE), medical supplies, and emergency vaccines and testing kits. Even non-procurement professionals were pulled into the fray, as frantic timelines demanded nothing less. 

According to Celeste Frye, co-founder and CEO of Public Works Partners, the crisis brought procurement to the attention of skilled employees who had never considered it. As non-procurement personnel stepped up to help their coworkers, many found that they’d stumbled upon a critical and rewarding job. “Existing public employees have seen the essential nature of the work”, Frye said. “[They’ve] gained some critical skills and possibly [grown] interested in pursuing procurement as a longer-term career”. 

Small, Local Suppliers Take Charge

Frye, whose firm helps organisations engage stakeholders and develop long-term procurement strategies, thinks it well worth the effort to open one’s mind to new opportunities. Cooperative contracts, for instance, can help public departments and municipalities save money, time, and effort. By joining together with other towns or cities in the region, public procurement teams aggregate their purchasing power and can drive better deals. 

These cooperative contracts have the added benefit of advancing equity. Smaller suppliers that struggle to compete with established firms for government contracts can act as subcontractors, helping big suppliers fulfil bits of the project. Once they get their foot in the door, small, local, and disadvantaged suppliers can then leverage that government relationship to take on additional projects. 

Especially as governments start to pay attention to procurement resilience, public procurement departments must expand their requests for proposals (RFPs) to take into account innovative solutions and diverse suppliers. According to Frye, Public Works Partners—a certified female-owned firm—has benefitted from local and state requirements that specify diversity. 

Post-Pandemic Funding Swells Procurement Budgets 

And the pandemic won’t be the end of it. City governments need to build sustainable energy infrastructure such as solar panels, charging stations, and recycling plants, ensure that masks and medicines are never in short supply, and source new technologies to keep up with cloud and cybersecurity concerns. 

Public procurement budgets will likely increase to match demand. As Peter Ware, Partner and Head of Government at Browne Jacobson, explained, “in a non-pandemic world, the [U.K.] government spends on average around £290 billion on outsourced services, goods, and works...anywhere between 10% and 14% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Post-pandemic, city procurement will only increase as national governments provide local divisions with emergency funding.
And in truth, government employees might jump at the opportunity. Frye noted that public procurement could give immediate feedback on new programmes: “[Procurement] is where new laws and policies ‘hit the road’ and are implemented”, she said. “Professionals in these fields get the satisfaction of creating real change and seeing quantifiable outcomes of their work”.

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