Down the Procurement Pub with State of Flux, a Peter Smith Gig Guide, Trade Extensions and Superfood

OK, so the Grosvenor House ballroom is not exactly the pub but here was the scene before we started getting stuck in on Tuesday evening at the National Business Awards. And amongst the 273 different awards (well, that's what it felt like) they don’t have an award for the “best procurement project” which is a disgrace!  I was there through my non-exec role, but, you know, a big event there without the Front Covers playing after dinner just doesn’t seem right!

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Our apologies to State of Flux for being slow in reporting the launch of their Supplier Relationship Management survey 2014, which was released to the expectant world last Friday. "The SRM research is in its sixth year and includes responses from over 500 global companies across more than 20 industry sectors – the most extensive of its kind."  We intended to review it this week, but clearly, we didn’t, purely as we ran out of time. As in previous years, it is full of interesting material and we will look at it properly early next week, promise! The firm is running a webinar to go through the findings on November 26th  - book here.

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So, a quick reminder of your opportunities to see and hear me speak over the next few weeks; you might like to book or alternatively ensure you avoid them:

Health Care Supplies Association conference - Manchester, November 19th / 20th

Zycus CPO Connect dinner – “Securing the future of Procurement” – London, November 25th

BravoSolution Real World Sourcing – “The 12 Procurement Days of Christmas” –  London, 11am December 3rd

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Congratulations to Trade Extensions on winning a blue-chip client in Tesco as a new user of their market informed sourcing software. We’ll avoid too many comments about “Tesco need all the help they can get” or “let’s them calculate the rebates properly.” Seriously though, the list of firms who use this sort of top-end sourcing solution – (from Trade Extensions or other providers such as CombineNet, BravoSolution or Iasta) is a roll-call of the largest and often most successful firms in the world. Read more here or here if you think you should be considering it.

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UK indie pop band Superfood’s debut new album Don't Say That came out this month to very good reviews generally, and it's on my Christmas list, that’s for sure. And this is the excellent Mood Bomb.

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