(Procurement) Events, dear boy, events *

Some events to mention which may tickle your fancy...

The Procurement Leaders Awards event is rapidly approaching (23rd May). The short lists were announced a while ago with some big names; very impressive and international, and now tables are available for the event at the Brewery in London - book here. By all accounts it is a great evening...

Meanwhile, preparations are in full swing for Empower Europe 2011, the big Emptoris event in Barcelona from April 5 - 7th.  I know that because I'm participating; facilitating a couple of the workshops. It is aimed mainly at Emptoris customers, partners  and potential customers, but it is a strong agenda, with keynote speeches from Professor Andrew Cox, and other speakers from the likes of BP, Accenture, Novartis and L'Oreal. Register here.

And talking of Professor Cox; we've written extensively about IIAPS, the International Institute for Advanced Purchasing and Supply here recently.  Details of the next IIAPS (European) event are now available; a Roundtable event on June 16th at Heathrow. It is addressing very tangible but key issues for procurement; the 3 core topics are KPIs for Purchasing and Supply, Evaluation Processes for Supplier Selection and Finding Suppliers in Emerging Markets. More here.

Finally, while it is not really an event, nominations for CIPS Council close tomorrow; there are 10 regional and 4 business sector seats to be filled. Whatever happens with CIPS over the next couple of years, Council is going to be key - even if it is to debate whether it has a future itself!  So if you've ever thought about it, why not take the plunge now. You need to move quickly though; nominations close tomorrow and you need to email CIPS at elections@cips.org apparently to get a nomination form (don't know why it is not just on the website...)

* Harold Macmillan (UK Prime Minister in the early 60s)  was asked by a young journalist after a long dinner what can most easily steer a government off course. "Events, dear boy. Events"

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