Royal Lancaster Hotel


Exclusive VIP Event for Procurement and Supply Chain Leaders at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on February 26th from 17:30. 


In today’s challenging business landscape, companies are battling it out to stay ahead of the competition, meet increasing customer expectations and develop new products at a faster pace than ever before. As the pressure to innovate increases, procurement professionals need to be able to quickly identify areas for innovation and effectively engage internal stakeholders and suppliers on new product development.

However, in order to keep the business competitive and improve collaboration, procurement needs to shift from a cost-focused approach to supplier management, which is keeping supplier relationships transactional and blocking innovation. It also needs to engage internal stakeholders, offering them the tools to encourage more efficient collaboration within the business. What’s more, procurement also has to increase its ability to identify new areas for innovation, increasing its visibility across the business, the entire supply chain and third parties.

At this event, Peter Smith, Procurement Excellence Ltd & Co-founder of Spend Matters UK/Europe, Ivalua’s Franck Lheureux, GM EMEA at Ivalua will discuss the key issues surrounding collaboration inside and outside the business, including:

  • Why pressure is increasing for organisations to innovate at pace and launch products and services more quickly
  • How to unlock the full potential of your supply chain by moving away from a cost-focused approach
  • What organisations can do to make collaboration more efficient when working with suppliers and internal stakeholders on new projects
  • How to encourage internal stakeholders to engage with procurement innovation
  • How to provide 360-degree visibility and enable collaboration at scale using a single platform



17:30 - 18:30 Arrival networking drinks with light bites 
18:30 - 18:50 Welcome Remarks, Ian Thompson, Regional Director and Introductions 
18:50 - 19:00 Introducing Ivalua, Franck Lheureux, GM EMEA at Ivalua
19:00 - 19:30 Success through collaboration - Peter Smith,  Author and Managing Director, Procurement Excellence
19:30 - 19:45 Customer Success Stories - Franck Lheureux/Peter Smith  
19:45 - 20:15 Questions and discussion (with drinks/meal)
20:15 - 21:00 Further Networking and Close 



Peter Smith, Procurement Excellence Ltd & Co-founder of Spend Matters UK/Europe


Peter Smith is an expert on purchasing and supply chain issues, and Managing Director of procurement Excellence, a specialist consulting firm. He has advised UK public sector organisations such as the Treasury and the Ministry of Defence, and international businesses such as Barclays and Reuters. Before moving into consultancy, he was Procurement Director for the UK's Department of Social Security and the NatWest Group, as well as holding senior purchasing positions at Dun & Bradstreet and Mars. He studied Maths at Cambridge University, and is a Fellow and past President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.