Down the Procurement Pub with the mystery men, the CBI, eWorld, Xchanging and Peasant’s King

SSmith Flescher pubo today’s down the procurement pub comes to you courtesy of last night at the Old Monk, Strutton Ground, Westminster. A pint of Windsor and Eton "Knight of the Garter" golden ale on tap then a few glasses of a decent if somewhat bland Pinot Grigio with my two anonymous procurement and supply chain gurus and drinking companions (and the clue is in the word “companion”!)  A very pleasant evening too. But why is everything a bit bright this morning... and loud...

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We’ve featured two surveys this week  - it would be very good if as many people as possible could complete both.

The first is a short survey from the CBI, the UK’s leading business body, looking at how the government is doing in terms of public sector procurement improvement. If your organisation is a supplier to the public sector at all, then do complete this, so the CBI can get the best possible view of progress. Complete the survey here.

Then a survey we’re running along with the organisers of the eWorld event in London on September 24th. Everyone and anyone can complete this, as we’re looking at the perceived differences between public and private sector procurement. It will only take you 5 minutes to complete (here), no difficult questions,  and we will of course be giving feedback on the results both at the event and here.  Thanks!

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Xchanging, the outsourcing service provider with a substantial procurement practice, announced their half year results recently. We’ll take a more detailed look at them next week but the headlines was “pretty good”. The recovery under Ken Lever continues, with revenues up 7.6% to £347M in the half year and profit up 43% to £23 million. However “procurement sees a disappointing first half” but with a “strong pipeline building for second half”.  There was also a lot of investment, particularly building the infrastructure in the US and marketing activity.

(Declaration – I have a few £ thousand of Xchanging shares in my SIPP pension fund that I bought when they floated on the basis of I had friends who worked there. Always a bad reason to buy shares).

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And finally.. only a week to Reading and Leeds Festivals! And the list of the brilliant new bands to check out just keeps building. Today we have Peasant’s King, from South Wales, who have a sound that already seems built for really big venues and huge crowds. But this year, they’re on the BBC Introducing stage on Sunday  at Reading, Friday at Leeds. Here is the excellent Antidotes.

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