Join us at our Annual Procurement Conference on Thursday 17th May

Last year, we hosted our first big conference with a fantastic turnout of 100+ procurement professionals from brands such as Next, McCarthy & Stone and Travis Perkins in our South Gloucestershire location. The day succeeding in providing clients, prospects and partners with real value from the day.

So – after much success, this year we are pulling out all the stops. The event will be taking place at idyllic country home of Englefield House on Thursday 17th May from 10am until 4pm BST.

The grounds may seem familiar as Englefield House is an iconic location that has featured in film and television productions such as The Crown, X:Men First Class, The King’s Speech and Great Expectations as well as the location for the recent Pippa Middleton’s wedding to James Matthews. We had no hesitation in choosing only the best venue for our event, with beautiful gardens and a deer park on site.

After reviewing the feedback from last years event, we choose the theme of ‘Lessons Learned from eSourcing’. This was the topic most often mentioned and the one that we felt most accurately put across our intention to focus the day on the sharing of knowledge from procurement professionals and the development of best practice sourcing activities.

We welcome anyone involved in procurement to come down and enjoy the day. Whether you have never used eSourcing tools before and are hoping to understand how we can help or are looking to network with industry leaders in procurement.

Make sure to book your spot with our simple and short registration form here.

If you’re having any trouble signing up or want to find out more information on the day. Contact us at events@marketdojo.com or +44 (0) 117 318 0955

Market Dojo in Seventh Heaven

What do Market Dojo and these photos of celebrities have in common?

Extra prizes if you can all guess who they are – we’ll tell you at the end.
The answer is that they are all 7 years old at this snapshot in time.  And so earlier this month we quietly surpassed this milestone as well, although we can only aspire to achieve the same global acclaim!

Even in this short time, it’s astounding to witness how quickly technology has moved along on the one hand, yet on the other, it’s equally astounding how slowly it has propagated through the Procurement function where we are still discovering FTSE 250 companies with no eProcurement policy in place.

It reminds me of a previous article we wrote about what life would look like if we all still used all tech from the year 2000 (& not just procurement tech).  Find it here.

Anyhow, here’s a reflection of some of the main highlights of the past 12 months:

New Clients

The past 12 months has brought us some fantastic accounts with some pretty unique challenges, from global roll-outs intended to modernise the entire Procurement function – hear more about that at eWorld this September – through to a series of eAuctions run in the course of a few weeks that resulted in savings of $50m!

Recruitment

It has been another busy year on the recruitment front.  In September we welcomed James to join our Development team, closely followed by Henry in November within Business Development.  We’re also due to welcome Angie in September to join our Marketing team, plus have a couple of available opportunities in Business Development with plenty more to come.

We’re delighted to be able to offer our current Business Development Manager, Lewis, a change in his career path to build up our Customer Success team.  As a small firm, it’s genuinely exciting to be able to offer the team the ability to progress as they see fit.

Product Roadmap
Our customers have been hugely supportive in helping us to improve Market Dojo and allowed us to build many new features. We’ve had another hugely productive year but some of our favourites moments are:

Growth
This year we worked out that we’ve saved our clients over £1.3bn across 25,000 eSourcing events, at an average of 16% saving!  Quite astonishing really.

Inaugural conference
One of the genuine highlights of the year was our debut annual conference held in April at the historic Stonehouse Court Hotel.  The event was a great success with over 100 attendees on the day to listen to insightful talks from speakers including Robert Copeland, UK Procurement Director at G4S; Rob Lees, Commercial Director at the MoD; and Simon Boggis, former CPO at CEVA Logistics.

What will the next 12 months bring?
We’ll continue with our recruitment plans as well as push our brand further overseas to build on the success we’ve already seen to once again bolster our revenues by 50%.  We hope to be doing more with you all in the coming months!
PS:  The photos were of:  Prince William, Beyoncé, Madonna and Robert de Niro.  Well done if you got them all.

Market Dojo helps procurement professionals negotiate better with our on-demand eSourcing tools. If you’d like to find out more, get in touch or register for free and play around with our software for yourself!

An Englishman in Paris and the fourth dimension

We were very proud to be invited to the Salon Solutions event in Paris on the 1st-3rd October by our French partner, Effixens. As the only French speaker on the Market Dojo team, it was up to me to brave the elements and the French cooking.

The trip over to Paris, although an early, start was actually cheaper than a day return from London to Bristol.  Admittedly I booked early but certainly something to reflect upon.  The Paris Metro system was my next challenge. Not too dissimilar from the London Underground except it does have 2 special tracks which go North to South and East to West called the ‘RER A’ and ‘RER B’. Not a big difference except if anyone in the Paris transport system is reading this, please put up some signs to tell people you need a different ticket!

The conference itself was being held in the CNIT conference building (The Center of New Industries and Technologies), located in Puteaux, France, and was one of the first buildings built in La Défense.  This is the up-and-coming business area of Paris on the West side.  It has a truly magnificent plaza which I think I aptly captured in the panorama photo below.

Incidentally, for those of you who are mathematically inclined, the Grand Arch is 3D projection of a tesseract undergoing a simple rotation in four dimensional space…who’d have thought it.

Our partner Effixens first met us at eWorld in London and have ever since been helping to promote us over the channel.  They were kind enough to share their stand along with a couple of their other partners: MLR, a consultancy, and Shortways who help put help content into SAP. Effixens themselves have many years experience with purchasing systems and are also a close partner of SAP.

I think you can see from the picture below we brought a ‘Je ne sais pas quoi?’ to the stand:

It was a very interesting event with the thrust being anything relevant to ERP and business systems, from large companies such as Microsoft and Oracle to smaller P2P vendors like B-Pack over to contract management and CRM.

eWorld gives us the opportunity to speak easily with people very much interested in what we provide and often a ‘hello’ is enough to engage, whereas in France with such a large conference and with a rusty French dialect, it was never the easiest to find the interested parties.

However which some typical English bravado and a ‘êtes-vous intéressé à eSourcing?’ we soon captured quite a few leads.  Would I say there was a big difference between a French show and one from the UK?  Not especially.  I found the French show slightly more relaxed (it was 3 days) and the lunches slightly longer (many thanks to our other French Partner on contract management, Per Angusta for my first steak this trip!) but I presume anyone would have guessed that!

My biggest surprise came on the third day as B-Pack, who had chosen to take part in a panel conference on eAuctions, requested my help.  For those that don’t know this, like many of the speaking slots, it involved a journalist asking questions from the panel members and also giving the audience a go.  I must say that even though I started out looking like a timid rabbit caught in the full glare of a car’s headbeams, I would like to think they warmed to my Franglais!

For my final night I was lucky enough to be entertained by my hosts at a restaurant called the Louchebem.  Now, like the English with their cockney rhyming slang, the French also have a few oddities.  In the olden days, to prevent the tax man catching on to what was being sold in the market they developed another language entirely.  As an example a ‘Boucher’ (butcher) with the ‘B’ replaced with an ‘L’ and a ‘Bem’ put on the end becomes ‘Louchebem’.  Clear as mud?  Slightly more confusing than Verlan where a ‘Femme’ becomes a ‘Meuf’!

Anyhow, what can I say but an enjoyable few days out the office, met some great people and of course celebrated the end of the conference with a bottle of bubbly!

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