Down the Procurement Pub with Statess, CCS, the GO Awards, eWorld and the Mispers

We mentioned last week the launch of the new brand for the State of Flux technology solution -  “Statess”. The launch drinks party was held at the Radio Bar of the ME Hotel in central London (on the Aldwych). It is a rooftop bar, and although it is nowhere near as high as the Shard or the Gherkin, the views across most of London are spectacular - see the picture here.  It gets a bit “queue behind the rope until the guy lets you in” as the evening wears on, but it is open all day and with coffee at £3.50 and a glass of wine for £8 it would be a great place to take a visitor to London, or indeed just have a business meeting, with the views, a pretty cool but not crazy ambiance and without breaking the bank.

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Basware, the Finnish P2P and e-Invoicing specialist, has  has launched Basware Discount, "a new solution that allows buyers and vendors to optimize invoice payment terms for better working capital management". Businesses on the Basware Commerce Network will be able to benefit from early payment terms, managed online in real time. Unlike some of the competitive products in this area, this is "dynamic discounting", so suppliers can work on a sliding scale, with different payment terms depending on exactly when they want to be paid. But the funding (as far as we can tell) for the early payment comes from the buying organization rather than third parties.

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Just a reminder about a couple of imminent events. I guess if you are attending the GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards next Thursday evening in Manchester, you probably have your tickets by now. But there may be a few left, if you get a last minute urge to join Nancy Clinton and I at that glittering celebration of the best in public sector procurement! We’re hoping to interview some of the winners (and interesting entries who don’t win) and feature them here soon.

Then we have eWorld Procurement and Supply at the QEII Centre, Westminster on March 3rd. Lots of key solution providers exhibiting as usual, and a conference programme that looks strong and interesting. Free to procurement practitioners too, which can’t be bad. If you work in or around London, it is well worth a few hours of your time. Actually, even if you have to travel a bit, if you want to pick the brains of interesting vendors and fellow practitioners, it is a very good opportunity to do that - very cost effectively!

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As we mentioned here last week, we took Jason Busch to his first UK gig last week, and of the three bands, the one we hadn’t seen before were the highlight. The Mispers are blessed to have a charismatic and somewhat bonkers frontman (with a great voice), two other band members who can also sing very well, a cute and talented female violinist, and a sound that ran through the Maccabees tuneful indie-dance sound, Of Monsters and Men emotional folk-tinged anthemic rock, and the off-kilter genius of Arcade Fire. Now if you’re going to be compared to others, that feels like a pretty good start... And as live performers, they were exceptional – all in all one of the most enjoyable half-hours I’ve seen in a long time. Book them for Reading Festival please, Mr Benn...

 

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