Down the Procurement Pub with the MCA Awards, BravoSolution, Trade Extensions, a Pub Debate and Lucy Rose

MCA awards 2Not a lot of drinking again this week really! Well, I lie somewhat... not a lot of specifically procurement drinking I should say. But this somewhat impressionistic photo (too dark for my rubbish phone camera really) was last night at the Management Consultancies Association Awards at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel in good old London Town. (I get to be a judge based on co-writing “Buying Professional Services” some years ago). Well done to all the winners, it was a very good evening, although it is not quite as much raucous fun as our procurement evenings - the GO Awards, CIPS SM or Procurement Leaders - in my humble opinion! Arup did exceptionally well, as did Grant Thornton, PWC, and Ernst & Young, and smaller firms such as Propaganda and Suiko picked up awards too.

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Regular readers will have seen previous mention of the work BravoSolution is doing in the NHS, linking spend and performance data in an interesting way that can potentially save money and improve clinical performance. Next week, they are running a webinar is titled: 'Super Co-Operators: Procurement & Clinician Relationships' that aims act as an open discussion forum looking at how supply chains can be improved through closer collaboration between clinicians and procurement professionals. That's a key issue for practitioners in that sector, and there is some emerging best practice that is well worth spreading more widely. The webinar will be led by Scott Pryde and the link to the event landing page can be found here.

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And don't forget our Pub Debate next week! On Tuesday April 28th, 5.30 - 7pm, at the Red Lion Pub in Whitehall, just around the corner from the Houses of Parliament, a star line up of speakers including David Smith and Lee Tribe will be debating: “This House believes that the result of the General Election will have no impact on public procurement”.

Tickets are free, courtesy of Procserve, but you do need to register so we know how much food to provide - you can do that here. 

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We hear that Trade Extensions, "market informed sourcing" software specialists, has appointed Fabian Floto to look after their business in Germany and Eastern Europe. He starts work on May 1st, and joins from the firm's arch-rivals CombineNet (now part of SciQuest), where he worked for some ten years. That’s a bit of a coup for Trade Extensions, and signals their increased focus on continental Europe as a market.

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Reading Festival announced more acts this week, including some real treats for me - Alt-J, Parquet Courts, Twin Atlantic, Gaslight Anthem, Charli XCX, Prides, the legend that is Ms Dynamite, and The Bots amongst them. Lucy Rose is another, and she seems to be trying to move away slightly from her folk image into something a little more Ellie Goulding-like based on her new single here. Very pleasant it is too.

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