Down the Procurement Pub with Xchanging, Fabienne Lesbros, Bill Crothers and Beach House

As we enter the school holiday season in Europe, we thought it would be a quiet week. But not a bit of it! Some big announcements, ranging from people moves, to government initiatives, and company financial and business announcements of significance for our world. But the big question is - how on earth can Wetherspoons provide half a rack of ribs, grilled chicken breast, coleslaw, chips and onion rings AND a pint of very decent Rev. James Bitter, all for £6.99?  (Steak night - but they had sold out of steak!)

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Fabienne Lesbros, the CPO at Britvic, and the subject of one of our Procurement Provocateurs interviews here, is leaving Brtivic after six successful years and heading off to the Co-operative Group to be their CPO. Lesbros is also a CIPS Trustee and all-around fine professional, and we wish her all the very best in her new role!

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With Bill Crothers leaving his Crown Commercial Director post, we thought we would take a look at what is known as government as the Crothers negotiation style. Here is a training video based on his approach. (Warning – very bad language). *

(It is actually from the film Bad Santa btw).

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Xchanging, the procurement outsourcing and software firm, announced very disappointing half-year results which saw their shares lose 20% of their value yesterday. It was the procurement division to blame too – some rather unclear comments about a “tail spend management “ contract that was proving to be loss-making, as well as a write down of intangible assets (goodwill). There are big changes ahead for that division – we’ll have more on this next week.

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Beach House are slowly making the transition from cult band to a serious Premiership player in the indie music world, and Sparks, this first track from their forthcoming album, won’t do their promotion chances any harm. Rather lovely yet with a real edge.

Voices (2)

  1. Gary:

    Which side of the table is Bill Crothers?

  2. Dan2:

    On the £6.99 question, I would apply the Time Quality Cost triangle and come to the conclusion that as it’s not high cost, arrived on time (so didn’t skimp on labour in the bar/kitchen) the only remaining variable is quality.

    Enjoy!

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