New Thinking for Procurement

Following our inspiring Education and Maritime Symposia held over two days in October 2016, City of Glasgow College launched its very first City Procurement Symposium, attended by over 80 key industry leaders.

Staff and students in accredited Supply Chain courses benefitted from shared insights into how Procurement and Supply Chain activities impact on the prosperity of businesses and communities. 

The one day event included opinion and comment from Procurement and Supply Chain specialists and leaders, and focused on the need to be ready to address change.

George McVerry, Head of Client Support & Lifelong Learning at City of Glasgow College, said:

“Uncertainty in business activities due to national and global politics, developing technologies and renewed focus on corporate social responsibility, means that those involved in Procurement and Supply Chain roles need to reassess their own supply chain risk.

“This inaugural Procurement Symposium gave professional supply chain leaders and practitioners from all sectors the chance to contribute to the debate on issues likely to affect procurement and supply chain activities”.

The speakers included Janis Carson, Depute Principal and Project Sponsor for the college’s twin-site super campus development and Julie Welsh, Director at Scotland Excel. The keynote presentation was delivered by Andrew Coulcher, Director at CIPS, who said:

“The event was an ideal opportunity for CIPS members and many other stakeholders to gain insights into how the procurement profession is evolving in a challenging economic and political environment, and the positive social impact that good procurement practice can have on local and regional communities. 

“The value of such an event in terms of knowledge sharing and networking cannot be understated and the world class learning environment offered by City of Glasgow College was the perfect venue.”