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Record Numbers at eWorld, and “NaïveGate” Controversy Stuns Delegates.

The latest edition of eWorld yesterday at the QEII Centre in Westminster was very successful and lived up to the view that, in our time running Spend Matters Europe, this is the most improved procurement event in the calendar – it’s short, has varied content and is free to attend, an attractive combination. Sure, Procurement […]

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Social value should be ‘front and centre’

Any political party serious about governing needs to put social value “front and centre”, the policy’s architect has said. Chris White, the former Conservative MP whose private member’s bill became the Public Services (Social Value) Act, said the law’s impact had been “exclusively positive” and that government was becoming increasingly aware there was an appetite […]

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Put procurement at heart of innovation, says Lego buyer

Procurement needs to be involved in innovation from the inception of products, one of Lego’s top buyers has said. By the time a new product has come to market, it is too late for procurement to make an impact on innovative processes, said Emma Freiha, senior sourcing manager at Lego. At this point customers are […]

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How Northumbria University implemented P2P

User experience and engagement was fundamental to introducing a procurement-to-pay (P2P) system at Northumbria University, its commercial director has said. Introducing a new P2P system was one of the first things Mark Gill, commercial director at the university, was asked to do when he joined the institution. The organisation had already tried and failed twice […]

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How to ensure public sector outsourcing works

Contract planning and a “spirit of cooperation” are the two major planks to successful public sector outsourcing, the head of IRIS Consulting has said. Speaking at the eWorld Procurement conference in London yesterday, John Harvey, managing director of IRIS Consulting, shared the lessons he learned from his career supporting government outsourcing projects, including a review into local […]

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Stakeholder engagement at heart of procurement at McLaren

Putting the needs the company’s engineers first is at the heart of procurement at McLaren, its top buyer has said. Jamie Foster, group procurement director at McLaren Group, said personal relationships with stakeholders was key to his role in supporting and enabling the business. Speaking at the eWorld Procurement conference in London, Foster said: “Everyone talks about […]

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Despite Freezing Conditions – Die-Hards Turn Out for eWorld

It was bitterly cold, but the procurement ice warriors turned out in force yesterday at the QEII Centre Westminster for the first big international procurement event of the year – eWorld Procurement and Supply. (Good job it wasn’t on today, as we suspect no-one would have made it!) There were over 200 delegates there we […]

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A Smart Enterprise Is A Self-Perpetuating Model

As we said a few weeks ago, we are looking forward to eWorld on February 28th, to attending many of its very useful workshops – and of course meeting old and new friends in the world of procurement. We also highlighted Coact Consulting Group, who offer advisory services to help companies gain commercial growth, by identifying and helping to […]

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eWorld – Coming Soon: Are You Future Fit?

It seems barely a few weeks since we were last at eWorld Procurement and Supply, but here we are again with only 6 weeks to go to the first big international procurement event of the year. eWorld returns to the QEII centre in Westminster on February 28th, and although this bi-annual event comes round quickly, […]

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Peter Smith at eWorld – How Procurement Can Be a Force for Change

eWorld is fast approaching – February 28th to be exact. And among the prestigious speakers and stimulating topics, this year we are treated to a session by that little-known man of procurement wisdom – our very own Peter Smith. As you may know, Peter has a great number of years of experience in leading procurement teams […]

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