Down the Procurement Pub with IFPSM, Sievo, Dreamland and the Antlers

This handsome gentleman is Malcolm Youngson, the relatively new chief executive of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management, an umbrella body whose members number around 45 national purchasing institutes from around the world. We will have an interview with him next week, following our working lunch in the Bedford and Strand wine bar just off the Strand in London this week. A lovely cool basement on a hot day, with a brilliant selection of wines by the glass, free wifi and good food, it is one of my favourite hang-outs in town. (Do I get my free bottle of Malbec now?)


Would you like to help a Procurement MSc. student from Maastricht University by completing a survey on procurement risk and risk mitigation? You would? Thanks! I’m sure you will get a copy of the finished report or something useful like that if you do contribute. Here is the link to the survey – I’m sure Elroy Verhoeven will be very grateful for your help. And of course you’re doing one of those good turns that Craig Lardner talks about as part of his CIPS Presidential theme.


Sievo, the Finnish software firm who specialise in clever savings measurement and advanced spend analytics software, announced this week that their CEO Fabrice Saporito is leaving. He’s an ex-strategy consultant, super-bright but a nice guy too, and we suspect he will pop up in another big job soon – good luck to him. In the meantime, one of the founders of Sievo, Matti Sillanpää, is stepping back into the CEO role, supported by Sammeli Sammalkorpi, another founder, and a wider management team. They’re an impressive bunch, so we would not see the change as a big issue for the firm, but we’re meeting them soon so will have more to report then.


This sounds like an amazing procurement task. How do you fancy being responsible for the Dreamland procurement process? OK, before you get too excited about what that might involve (Kelly Brooks or George Clooney, playing football for England, the world’s finest food and wine, running down endless tunnels pursued by giant squirrels ... OK, so we all have our own dreams), then it’s not quite what it seems.

DreamlandAs the Thanet Gazette reports, Thanet Council in the south-east of England are looking for an organisation to take on the running of the Dreamland amusement park in Margate, currently closed, on a 35-year contract which will be let shortly. It’s a sad story really - once one of the top ten tourist attractions in the UK, Dreamland suffered a decline through the 1990s and eventually most of the rides and attractions were sold off or removed. The historic Scenic Railway rollercoaster, 95 years old and the only listed rollercoaster in the UK, was partially destroyed by fire in 2008. The council now wants someone to build the attraction up again to former glories. So get your PQQ in if you fancy running Dreamland!

(Beautiful Ferrotype by photographer Rob Ball).


The Antlers made one of my favourite albums of the last ten years, the stunning Burst Apart from 2011. Their latest, Familiars, is out this week, and I haven’t listened to it all yet, but here’s the single, Palace, to whet our appetites. It’s not music that instantly grabs you by the throat but after a few listens, I hope you love it as much as I do.


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