Spend Matters UK Round-Up

Peter's had a bazillion bank holidays in the past two weeks, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been cranking out content. Here's what's up on the other side of the pond:

Some fantastic alliteration: Suffolk sourcing strategy suffers serious setback -- Suffolk County Council – do you remember the exciting "outsource everything" idea they had, which we wrote about here? Here's the summary, plus our final comment: Suffolk County Council announced last week that they were looking to (potentially) outsource all the services the council provides. How will they do this?...So I hope Suffolk are ready for some serious national scrutiny.

Wax Digital apply marketing nous to procurement technology -- It's been an eye-opener for me in the last few months, getting closer to the landscape of interesting procurement-related technology firms. One whose name kept popping up was Wax Digital; the name comes from the origins of the firm which was as a digital media outfit that did have a recording arm ('wax' as in old records). But from those beginnings, they got into designing apps for clients, including catalogue and B2C type products, which eventually led them to more conventional 'procurement' technology products.

Another Great Sourcing Debate. And free drinks*!!! -- You may remember (indeed, you may have got sick to death of me talking about it) our first Sourcing Debate a couple of months ago. Well, BravoSolution liked it so much they're sponsoring another. The event will be held on May 18th, 5.30 – 8pm in the Empire Bar at the Lamb public house, Lambs Conduit Street, London WC1N 3LZ. Food and drink courtesy of BravoSolution of course!

How powerful is "embarrassment" as a procurement negotiation tactic? -- The UK Government's new Crown Commercial Representatives (CCRs) broke cover last week – well, Bill Crothers did in the form of some Supply Management comments. The CCRs are going to provide some over-arching 'supplier relationship management' to the top 50 or so suppliers to Whitehall (the central Government Departments)

New Associate Sponsors – we welcome CombineNet and Achilles -- The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed two new logos just over there to the right, and we're delighted to welcome our new Associate Sponsors to Spend Matters UK / Europe. They continue the trend of our existing sponsors in being genuinely top-class firms and, from what I've seen so far, really good people to work with.

In case you missed this last Friday... -- The diary of the Royal Wedding Head of Procurement

- Sheena Moore

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