Down the Procurement Pub with Basware, the Front Covers, BravoSolution, Network Rail and Joy Formidable

Here are Sarah Clarke (BravoSolution), Sheila Dhamija (Tejari), with Sigi Osagie and me, at the Booking Office bar in the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel following our webinar on Wednesday afternoon this week. We didn't do the webinar in the bar, you understand, this was the "celebration" afterwards. (Any excuse). The webinar topic was Putting Strategy into Action: A Roadmap for Procurement in 2016 and we will come back to some of the content from that at a later date. Anyway, the first appearance of the Osagie / Smith double act seemed to go down pretty well with the audience! Sheila has just joined Tejari, the BravoSolution jv in the Middle East, to head up marketing - we wish her every success in that role.

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Attention all young a. young and b. artistic Spend Matters readers! The Art of Basware, a competition for young artists around the world, is now open for entries. The P2P and eInvoicing firm says, “The Art of Basware was born from the company's will to support the career and development of young artists as Basware believes there is a deep connection between innovation, determination, creativity and commerce”.

Entering the competition is free and all submissions must be received by the 25th April 2016. Participating artists need to be under the age of 30 and can submit images of up to three entries in order to be considered for the grand prize of €5,000. The winner will be decided on by an expert panel and announced on the 8th June 2016 at the Helsinki Music Centre in Helsinki, Finland. The winning artwork will also become part of Basware’s ever-growing art collection. The theme this year is “Lead The Way”.

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The money spent by Network Rail executives on their corporate purchasing cards hit the headlines this week, with the usual press delight (Daily Mail here) in discovering flowers, hampers, esoteric training courses and slap-up dinners listed on the bills. Without knowing the details, no-one can really tell of course whether any of this was ill-advised or even fraudulent, but it makes a good story. I thought the CEO, Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail, might have defended the use of cards more strongly but he said: 'The expenses this organisation has claimed for in the past are no longer acceptable.' Whilst that nicely passes the blame onto his predecessors, it is also a hostage to fortune, if ever I heard one ...

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Final reminder – the Battle of the Bands evening to raise money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity is tomorrow (Saturday 30th) at the Hare and Hounds, Claygate. It features esteemed procurement leader and CIPS Past President Mr David Smith and his fine band, the Front Covers, supports a very worthwhile cause, and should be great fun.

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Our track of the week is from the wonderful Joy Formidable, who have been away for a couple of years, but are back with an imminent new album. And in a first for us, don’t think we have ever had a video sung in Welsh (the band are from north Wales).

First Voice

  1. David Smith:

    Many thanks again Peter for the plug for our gig at The Battle of the Bands (Hare and Houds, Claygate, Surrey) tomorrow night (30th Jan) where we will be raising much needed funds for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. This is a fantastic charity that does the most amazing things for cancer research and also helps those most in need of care. Do check them out at http://www.royalmarsden.org. Looking forward to seeing you there Mr Smith. It is always good to see you strut your stuff!

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