Five Good Reasons to Attend This Year’s LUPC & SUPC Conference

Our hugely popular annual conference is this year scheduled for Wednesday, 24 May at prestigious (and spacious!) County Hall on London’s South Bank and it’s free for our Members to attend.  Once again we’re staging the conference in close collaboration with our colleagues at Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium.

Booked to come along, but not sure if you can spare the time?  Why should you and your team take time out to attend Collaboration in Action 2017, when you’re so busy in the office?

Well, here are five (we think) pretty good reasons for coming along:

  1. Network with colleagues who are interested in the same things as you. We’re running special category-specific workshops at conference so you can hear the latest developments in the Estates, Marketing, Professional Services and STEMed categories.  They’re essential if you want to stay informed and get the best deals for your institution.
  1. Acquire new skills and knowledge!  Roll-up at one of our workshops to find out how to get more from framework agreements, about eAuctions, managing commodity price risk, managing cyber security, managing internal stakeholders and brush up on your communication skills.
  1. Hear how the future could affect procurement for your institution.  A year on from the Referendum, hear procurement author and commentator Peter Smith’s views on what you should be doing to prepare for Brexit.  And catch up with Dr John Glen from Cranfield University and his views on what the future holds for the economy.
  1. Hear experts and join the debate about tackling Modern Slavery in the supply chain and what your institution needs to be doing to manage the risks and comply with the legislation.
  1. Meet with over 60 suppliers that have beaten off intense competition and passed rigorous selection processes to offer goods and services to our Members at advantageous terms.  Try doing that in a single day without coming to an event like this, laid on especially for you, our Members!

…and then (as if that’s not enough) stick around for a drink with colleagues (courtesy of Veale Wasbrough Vizards).   Don’t miss it!


About andydavieslupc

Andy is a career procurement professional with 25 years’ experience in both public and private sectors. After graduating in architecture at the University of Westminster, he spent ten years with London Underground, specialising in energy procurement and leading a project to bring private finance into the operation and renewal of LU’s power supply network. Having established a UK procurement function for a building materials group, Andy founded and led a 45-strong procurement function at a large local authority with an annual spend of £500m, where he led negotiations to establish a thriving and innovative joint venture company in educational support services. Spells with both the fire and police services saw Andy develop a specialism in collaborative procurement, which he brings to the job as Director of LUPC. Andy is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and has an MBA from Kingston Business School.
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