Autumn – And Therefore eWorld – Is On Its Way

I know we’re all still getting over the heatwave, but it will be Autumn soon, and just as the falling leaves come around with a pleasing inevitability, yet also signal the passing of another year of our short lives, so too we greet eWorld with mixed feelings. It is the leading procurement one-day event at the QEII centre in Westminster, this year on October 3rd.

Why mixed feelings? Well, it’s a really good event, and a very enjoyable day for us, meeting lots of old and new friends, but it does always make us exclaim “What?!  It can’t be six months since the last eWorld!

But it is – in fact it was February 28th this year and there was snow on the ground as the Beast from the East roared in, as Nancy Clinton reported here. So, let’s hope for a mild, sunny early autumn day this time round.

We like eWorld a lot. It has a mix of presentations, workshops, case studies, and like every event, not all are great, but many are good or very good. Over the course of the day, you have a lot of parallel sessions too, so careful choosing around what interests you pays real dividends.

The keynotes are always good, sometimes excellent. And as an opportunity to see and talk to a wide range of leading solution providers, it is literally unrivalled – no other event in the UK gets so many of the top software and related firms in our sector together in one exhibition room.

And … it is free to practitioners!  So, I honestly can’t see why every procurement team that has any pretence to good practice and improving itself would not send at least one team member to eWorld. Really! Even those with the aim of being best in class – we mean you, pharma, financial services, automotive firms – would gain something, we’re sure.

The keynote this time is somewhat public sector focused but has a read-across to the private sector that we might want to explore in more depth soon. Chris White, Director at the Institute for Strategy, King's College London, is one of the driving forces behind the concept of “social value” in procurement. As an MP he sponsored the 2012 Social Value Act and he is now on the Board of Social Enterprise UK.

There is also Emma Freiha, Senior Manager at Lego Corporation – we used to love Legoland when our daughter was young (and not so young) so I am very much looking forward to hearing her talk about the firm’s approach to supply chain management. Top economist Dr John Glen is back, talking about Brexit, and Karen Moorhouse from City of London Corporation is just one of a number of senior practitioners who will be shying their ideas and experience with delegates.

I don’t think I’m doing a workshop this time round, but we’ll be there and reporting on the event, along with Spend Matters founder Jason Busch from the US - so do come along and say hello to the Spend Matters team. And we’ll have more on some of the key sessions in the next few weeks to whet your appetite. But you can book here now – highly recommended.

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