Value and constructive relationships were major themes explored at the BIFM Procurement Conference

20-09-18 12:59 BIFM

Value and forming constructive relationships were the two emerging themes that defined the BIFM Procurement Conference, that took place 11 September in Liverpool Street, London.

Last week’s conference was a great success as it saw the industry’s leading minds on best practice in contract management and procurement take to the stage. Discussing  the ethics, value and current trends in both arenas, the likes of Rider Levett Bucknall’s MD, Ann Bentley and Rolls Royce’s Justine Cooper, Global Head of Property Information, strongly advocated the vital need to bake value-driven models into current practice and mindset. Keynote speaker, Diana Spellman, MD of Partners in Purchasing, discussed the importance of personality in procurement and the strength of relationships in the lifespan of contract for both suppliers and clients.

The conference workshops proved successful in guiding delegates in a more personal and interactive format on key commercial and legal issues in FM contracts, how to manage your supply chain and best practice in this area, and how FM models in contracts might best be formed.

The conference ended with an engaging panel, which comprised of FMP360’s director Anne Lennox Martin; Justine Cooper Global Head of Property Information at Rolls Royce; Julian Fris, Managing Director of Neller Davies FM Consultancy; Krys Stanton, Supply Chain Solutions Director at CBRE; and Dr Sam De Silva, Partner of CMS-CMNO, tackle the title, “Making Relationships Work”, and delve into the key issues that contract management and procurement face from both supplier and client perspectives.

The BIFM Procurement Conference was a strong advancement towards addressing the shortcomings and warnings left by Carillion’s demise earlier this year and was an important step to be made in being the change in industry.

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