Down the Procurement Pub with Windsor & Eton Brewery, Virtualstock, Coupa and Keston Cobbler’s Club(!)

Here is a picture of the Mars Reunited (alumni) dinner last night, at the luxurious Crowne Plaza Hotel, Marlow. The highlight was the beer tasting courtesy of the excellent Windsor and Eton Brewery, run by three ex Mars chaps. Their Conqueror Black IPA is a truly exceptional beer, and nothing they do is less than very enjoyable. Lager, IPA, bitter, all excellent. Give it a try - I know I will ....

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We feel like Coupa has had rather a lot of coverage here recently, with their event in Paris, but if you want an overview of their recent third quarter results, plus some insightful and analytical comments from my learned colleagues at Spend Matters US, you can find them here. Jason Busch and the team take a look at Coupa’s recent announcements, and give some thoughts on Coupa’s market position and more broadly on choosing P2P software – an excellent article.

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If you enjoyed and were interested in the excellent guest article this week from David Lawson, Procurement Director at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital Trust in London, you may have wondered which software he is using for this new product management and cataloguing innovation. (Lawson understandably did not want to be seen as promoting the firm in his article). Well, following a bit of intense detective work (Google) we have the answer – it is Virtualstock, as you can see from their website! We don’t know the firm at all well, but we will have more on them next week, including an interesting announcement.

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Another bit of gossip from the Public Procurement Summit – Rob Lees, a friend of ours, has joined the Ministry of Defence as Head of IT Procurement, based in Wiltshire. He started out in IT management, then left the dark side to join us in procurement, and worked for Vodafone including as Head of Procurement for the UK. He was then a Director at 4C Associates, and has worked in senior interim roles of late. We understand the role fits into a “matrix” type structure, so he is is working closely with both the CIO at MOD and Steve Morgan, the Commercial Director. We wish him well, he will do a great job we’re sure, and it’s good see MOD giving a chance to bright youngsters ...!

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A new and very good recommendation from my friend Guy Allen - Keston Cobbler's Club - folk-rock with a touch of Arcade Fire?

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