Lending a hand or cutting costs?

From time to time I do some business with Birmingham City Council. Today they sent me a cheery letter:

“Following the introduction of Birmingham City Council’s new procurement and payments system in October 2007 we bring you some news about developments that may be welcome to you in the present economic downturn… (we are) very willing to improve payment terms offered by suppliers in return for an early payment discount or other benefits.”

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Jon Hickman

Hi, I'm Jon. I teach and research digital culture, social media and new media practice at Birmingham City University. Find out more about me with this lovely CV: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/jonhickman Find out about my work at the Birmingham Centre for Media & Cultural Research: http://interactivecultures.org