Down the Procurement Pub with BravoSolution, Huawei, Lots of Events and Grimes

Bravo barHere we can see BravoSolution’s new “bar”, including dartboard, in their newly expanded London office. Always a good sign when a firm needs another floor... These two good people are Richard Hogg, UK CEO and Sarah Clarke, now marketing supremo for BravoSolution across much of the world.

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And there was more good news for the firm as it announced that Stora Enso, a €10 billion turnover paper and wood products market leader has selected BravoSolution as its global partner for building a new Supplier Management solution for all Stora Enso business units. “With the new solution, Stora Enso will have full visibility into the compliance and performance of their entire supply base, improving its control and collaboration in developing expertise in renewable materials to meet the needs of customers and many of today’s global challenges relating to suppliers”.

We are very excited to begin working with Stora Enso. They are leaders in their industry who understand the strategic value that procurement can have on the business,” said Hannele Palje-Rossi, Managing Director Nordics at Bravo. (Hannele has come a long way since she worked with me as Procurement Manager on the UK’s ID Card Programme! Congratulations to her on an important contract win).

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Apparently, Huawei, the giant Chinese technology firm, simply makes very good equipment. Huawei sells routers and other telecoms equipment, and the rumour around the industry and government some years back was that all sorts of clever stuff was embedded within their equipment. So then one day, a power-crazed Chinese ruler would flick a switch, and every telephone system in the western world would either vaporise, give us all fatal electric socks, or smart transmitting every bit of secret data back to Beijing – all very James Bond. But anyway, it looks like they were just silly rumours, because in its first annual report, the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) Oversight Board has concluded that there is no evidence that Huawei has presented any risk to the UK’s national security. So that’s nice.

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Just a quick recap for the diary in terms of my “personal appearances” through April.

April 14th Real World Sourcing with Tejari in Dubai – “New Approaches to Negotiation”   Book here.

April 15th Real World Sourcing with Tejari in Abu Dhabi – “Evaluating Bids and Tenders”   Book here.

April 16th Webinar with Sievo and Grundfors – “Undisputable savings”   Book here

April 28th Pub Debate with Procserve and special guests - Details coming soon!

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If you are confused, by the way, it isn’t Friday, our usual day for DTTP, but we thought we would bring this feature forward as tomorrow is a public holiday in much of Europe. Have a good break if that applies to you.

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The first album in 2013 from the young Canadian artist Grimes marked her out as a unique talent. This track hasn’t made it onto (I assume) her forthcoming album apparently, so it is out on its own. It’s a bit more of a conventional pop song than much of her work, reminds me a bit of La Roux, but it’s rather lovely anyway.

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