Down the Procurement Pub with Basware, Submarines, Trade and Marsicans

It’s down the procurement gig today with our evening seeing the excellent young US band Hippo Campus at Dingwalls. And can you identify the back of the head in our picture? A well-known figure in the procurement software world … perhaps we will make this a regular quiz!

Here’s a better picture anyway. The support band Marsicans are worth a mention too – the Futureheads meet the Fratellis – very enjoyable, great harmony vocals and indie bounce. And we just love Hippo Campus – their album is out later this month and it will feature here without a doubt.

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Basware announced their Q4 and full-year results this week. We’ll have a more detailed review next week, but their cloud revenues grew strongly, although “traditional” software sales dropped. The firm is investing in sales and marketing heavily, so 2015’s profit has turned into a loss in 2016, which is being positioned as a transitional year for the firm. Pretty impressive “new client” numbers though was a positive sign.

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Water-based public procurement trouble in Israel as the administration of PM Benjamin Netanyahu denied allegations of impropriety in the procurement of four surface craft from German firm ThyssenKrupp. The questions add to a controversy over a $1.5 billion contract with ThyssenKrupp for three submarines, and links between one of Netanyahu's close associates and the firm. Former defense minister Moshe Ya'alon is claiming that Netanyahu himself was involved in cancelling an open tender for the subs so that the contract could go directly without competitive process to ThyssenKrupp – against the wishes of the Israeli defense establishment. Read more here …

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The UK government is seeking a top trade negotiator to seal deals with non-EU countries once Brexit happens. The salary offered is £160,000 and Russell Reynolds are leading the hunt for the Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser (also Second Permanent Secretary) of the new Department for International Trade (DIT).  I’m afraid it’s not enough to have just ”done a few negotiations” – the job description is pretty demanding to the point that you wonder just how many candidates there really are. But closing date is Feb 27th anyway if you fancy a punt.

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We’ve featured Hippo Campus a few times here, and no doubt will when the new album comes out (see above) so here are Marsicans, the support band the other night. Very good indeed, and hope they’re going to be playing Reading Festival this year.

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