eWorld Procurement and Supply in Westminster – Getting Close!

September is here, the start of the academic year and still for many of us it feels more of a “new year” than January 1st.  It also means we are into the autumn conference season, and one of the first out of the blocks is eWorld Procurement and Supply, on the 26th September at the QEII Centre, Westminster.

There seem to be more sponsors than ever (well, we’ve been telling various solution providers it is a worthwhile event so maybe that’s why), so it is a great opportunity to get round and talk to some providers about the latest thinking in software and other procurement-specific services. I see that Amazon Business are on the list, as well as most of the big firms – Coupa, Proactis, Wax Digital, Basware, SAP Ariba, Oracle, Tradeshift, Zycus and so on.

The conference programme of keynotes, workshops, discussions is also strong, although you should look carefully and avoid sessions that appear to be simply sales pitches for the sponsoring firm – unless you want to hear a sales pitch of course!  There are also practitioner speakers – Craig Brewin of Slough Council is talking about adult social care procurement, which is not glamourous but is as important as issue for the UK as any.

On the private sector side, as well as P2P guru Pete Loughlin, we like the look of the session from Brenda Robinson of Allied Irish Bank’s, titled The Top Five Causes of P2P Project Failure and How to Prevent Them. (I think we wrote a paper on that topic once)?

There is also a strong representation from the charity sector, including speakers such as Rohan Yoganathan, Head of Procurement at Barnado’s and Shatu Mbursa-Mshelbwala from St Mungo’s. And Kavita Cooper of Novo-K is talking about procurement in the sector, which should be good.

Cooper works with charities to help them improve procurement performance – which is not just about saving money but also involves using procurement to help on the fund-raising side. She is very knowledgeable and also genuinely enthusiastic and passionate about the sector, so this should be a useful and lively session.

The keynote on Brexit issues is from John Glen, and we featured that here a few weeks back. So all in all, a very worthwhile event, and it is free to practitioners, unlike many other events. We will see you in Westminster on the 26th and you can register here.

First Voice

  1. Craig Brewin:

    “Craig Brewin of Slough Council is talking about adult social care procurement, which is not glamourous but is as important as issue for the UK as any.”

    Not glamourous? Our life is a blur of film premiers, glitzy award ceremonies, and Downing Street receptions.

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