SIG Regional Sourcing Roundtable next week

The Sourcing Interests Group are serious players in the US as a networking and analyst type organisation. They're just starting to move into the UK and Europe now; here's the background to them.

Sourcing Interests Group (SIG),, is a membership organization that has served sourcing and outsourcing professionals from Global 1000 companies throughout its 20-year history. SIG is unique in that it blends practitioners, service providers and advisory firms in a non-commercial environment. Members of all types are focused on improving bottom-line performance, quality and customer service through strategic sourcing/procurement and outsourcing initiatives.

Their first event in the UK is next week in London on the 4th and 5th May, and I'm part of a round table that is 'performing' on both the Wednesday evening (lubricated by 'cocktails' apparently) and during Thursday. The focus is on 'big issues' in sourcing, outsourcing and procurement; offshoring, the future role of the CPO, globalisation and economic trends etc.  Other key speakers / participants are:

  • Dr. Bernd Huber, Head of  Google’s eSourcing Center of Excellence
  • Michael Stock, previously the BBC’s Head of Business and Partnership, Audience Services
  • John Transier, Unilever’s Global Head of Finance Shared Services
  • Euan Davis, Managing Director of HfS Research’s European Practice
  • Jamie Liddell, Editor of Outsourcing Magazine

I've spoken to some of these guys and they're impressive and opinionated, so I think it will be a lively and dynamic event, not just endless droning and PowerPoints like many events. The format is not 'big conference' style; it is more intimate, with a limited number of delegates and combines presentations / discussions and 'roundtable' type debate.  I'll no doubt be reporting back on how it goes, but if you are interested in attending, you can link through to the booking page here.

Enter 'non-member' then if you enter the promo code  SMUK2011SIG  you will get an additional 20% off the already pretty reasonable rate courtesy of Spend Matters and SIG.

Maybe see some of you there...

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