Down the Procurement Pub with eWorld, Maistro, CIPS Fellows and Metric

Jason Busch, Spend Matters founder, was here this week, in part for the eWorld event, so we got some good pics for use in Down the Procurement Pub in coming weeks! Today, we bring you the first shot of both Jason and Jenny Draper, who as we said here is coming onboard with Spend Matters UK/Europe. She was actually very abstemious in terms of her pub-related activities this week, unlike Jason and I, but I’m sure we will see more of her in this feature over the coming months!


We met lots of old friends at eWorld, as ever, including Nick Wildgoose. Nick was a very senior procurement executive at Zurich Insurance then moved a few years back to work in the insurance firm’s supply chain risk business as Global Supply Chain Product Leader. He has recently gone out on his own, we learnt, and is working with both buyers and risk-related tech providers. He knows as much about supply chain risk management as anyone I know – and you can link up with him here if you want to get in touch with him.


We also had a quick call on Monday with CEO Laurence Cook of Maistro, (previously blurGroup). The firm announced their half year results last week; they looked pretty good, with revenues up substantially, and the changes that Cook has implemented seem to be on-track. “We feel we are in growth mode now, we’re out of turnaround”, he told us. He also described how the strategy of focusing on large corporate clients seems to be paying off, and Asia is a growing market too, on the back of one particular very large blue-chip client. Certainly the list of projects you can see on the platform looks more impressive these days. There’s a tie-up too with procurement consulting firm Odesma, and we look forward to speaking to a Maistro client at some stage soon to get that side of the story as well.


Next week (October 10th) the CIPS Fellows programme moves on to a visit to the NATS (National Air Traffic Service) control centre at Swanwick in Hampshire. It is, I’m sure, a fascinating place and this is a unique opportunity to tour NATS and hear from Tim Bullock, Supply Chain Director at NATS. There are just a few places left so do sign up today. You do need a UK passport…


The new album from Canadian rockers Metric, Art of Doubt, is being hailed as a real return to form – their 2009 album Fantasies is a real all-time favourite of ours.  Great tunes, tough and direct rock and a charismatic front-woman in Emily Haines – how could you not like? This is from that new album, and is pretty great.


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