Organisations must urgently reassess how consultancy services are bought and sold in order to ensure that they capitalise on technological advancements and remain compliant in an increasingly complex environment. That was the overriding theme explored at the Consultancy Procurement Council’s (CPC) recent Annual Summit: The Perfect Storm – Forces Driving Change in Consultancy Procurement.
Sponsored by Guidant Global and hosted by Grant Thornton UK LLP, the summit - which was held on the 12th June 2019 - brought together over 150 consultancy procurement professionals for one of the largest spend management focused events ever held. On the day, decision makers from leading organisations including Goldman Sachs, GSK, HM Treasury and Disney gathered to debate, discuss and share best practice around the future of consultancy provision and procurement.
Guest speakers at the event included: Cameron Robinson, Client Solutions Manager at Guidant Global; Jamie Gannaway, Co-founder of Deployed; Fiona Coombe, Director of Legal & Regulatory Research at Staffing Industry Analysts; and Manu Sharma, Partner & Head of Cyber Security at Grant Thornton.
Key note presentations from expert speakers included leading-edge insight on pertinent themes including: the disaggregation of the working world, securing best value, the impact of IR35 changes on consultancy spend management and the maturing Statement of Work Managed Service Recruitment market.
On the success of the event, Alan Gotto, spokesperson for the Consultancy Procurement Council, said:
“At a time when rapidly advancing technology, more stringent regulation and business model innovation are increasingly impacting the procurement of consultancy services, events such as this provide a crucial platform for strategists to learn, question and network. This year’s summit was a phenomenal success and I’d like to thank Guidant Global and Grant Thornton UK for making it possible. Feedback from delegates was overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to welcoming existing and new CPC members who seek to elevate their thinking to future events which are programmed throughout the year.”
Cameron Robinson, Client Solutions Manager at Guidant Global, added:
“In today’s increasingly complex legislative environment, consultancy procurement professionals are facing unprecedented challenges around how non-employed resource is managed. It is vital that strategists reassess how people, processes and the services procurement technology ecosystem can knit together to ensure that talent is managed in the most efficient way - and I’m delighted that the insight we were able to offer on the maturing Statement of Work (SoW) market was so well received by attendees on the day.”