Procurement with Purpose Pub Debate – Book Now for July 4th

You can now book for the event of the summer – no, not Wimbledon, not the World Cup, not the Love Island inevitable three-in-a-bed love triangle … but the great Spend Matters Pub Debate! Titled “Procurement with Purpose Can Save the World”, we’re pleased to say it comes courtesy of our friends at SAP Ariba.

If you haven’t been to one of our debates before, they are loosely based on the Oxford and Cambridge Union debate format, with four speakers giving short (8 minute max) speeches, two proposing the motion and two opposing. Then we have questions from the floor, followed by the all-important vote … Humour as well as real insight from the speakers is recommended, as well as the odd personal attack on your opponents.

While we can’t promise you Jordan, Nick Robinson or Tim Martin (Wetherspoons founder) who have spoken at the Cambridge Union recently, let alone Churchill, Thatcher, Rushdie, Sugar, Hawking, Dench, Coe or Sondheim who have previously been speakers. But… we have James Marland chairing, well known for his humour, huge knowledge of the procurement world, and his hats which are better than any those luminaries can offer, except perhaps Churchill.

It looks like I am going to be speaking against the motion – so look out for some healthy cynicism from me! Martine Booth from SAP Ariba is also speaking, and she brings a lot of experience as well as passion for the topic. We’re finalising the other two speakers via a testing selection process but watch this space. They will be excellent, I guarantee that!

These are really good evenings – stimulating with a business purpose, but a lot of fun, with networking, and of course free food and drink. The formal proceedings only take an hour, so you can be off home at 7pm, although last time we had to chase people out at 9.30pm as the pub staff weren’t expecting us to go on so long! We have a private room by the way, we’re not competing with the fruit machine and the drunks.

You can register here for The Clarence public house, 53 Whitehall, London - SW1A 2HP – the last debate did “sell out” (it's free to attend by the way) so don’t delay. And through careful planning (pure luck) there are no World Cup matches on that evening so you have no excuse. Finally, I have also written a paper on Procurement with Purpose – you can download that here.

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