Final Call For Tomorrow’s Pub Debate – Please Join Us In London

Tomorrow evening (Tuesday March 28th ) we are holding our pub debate, sponsored by procurement and finance software firm Basware, at the Clarence Pub, Whitehall, London. Please do join us for free food and drink and some stimulating debate.

The motion to be debated is: “This House believes that suppliers are still ripping off the government and the taxpayer” , and we have some knowledgeable and stimulating speakers lined up to argue for and against that proposition.

It should be an enjoyable and stimulating evening with some thoughts on how to manage suppliers better thrown in – as well as a good networking opportunity for procurement professionals to enjoy meeting colleagues over some (free) food and drink too!

Proposing the motion, we have Alan Watton, founder of Best Practiced Group, the man who has rescued more failing outsourcing contracts than anyone else we know in the UK. Paul Clayton will oppose and stick up for the supply side – he has seen all sides of the public / private sector commercial interface as an entrepreneur and senior executive (and is always a stimulating speaker). Then it is my turn – I will try to be controversial, outspoken, but also thought-provoking; and finally Martin Webb who has been training senior civil servants in commercial skills recently will close.

Our four speakers will be chaired and managed by Caroline Cake, who we are sure will put her experience running public sector performance improvement firm 2020 Delivery to good use here. After the speakers she will lead the questions from “the floor”  and we will finish with a vote.

There is still room for a few more people to join us, so we hope to see you tomorrow in Whitehall. More details are here where you will find the link to register. It will be 5.30 for a 6pm prompt start, formal event finishes at 7pm, then more drinks for those who want to hang around and network further.


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