Top Procurement Events in Europe 2019 – the complete and up to date list

We’ve been a bit quiet on the blog recently as we’ve been busy redesigning our website and working on new, exciting projects (that we’ll share soon)! In between projects, we’ve had a bit of time to look into the best procurement events in the UK and across Europe in 2019. This research was really useful when planning which procurement events we should go to so we thought we’d share this with you.

Are you attending any of the procurement events listed here? Let us know in the comments below.

The complete and up to date list of the most important procurement events in Europe in 2019

Gartner IT Sourcing, Procurement, Vendor & Asset Management Summit 2019

Date: 16.09.19 – 18.09.19
Location: Intercontinental London – The O2, Waterview Drive, London, SE10 0TW
Cost: Early Bird €2,450 (register before 26.07.19)/Standard Conference Fee – €2,775/Public Sector Rate – €2,200 (Group discounts are available)

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A major challenge facing procurement professionals is how to accelerate business performance while optimising costs. The key to meeting this challenge is to collaborate – with IT finance, sourcing, procurement, vendor asset management, and business stakeholders internally, and externally with technology and service providers. The summit is ideally placed for procurement leaders working in IT, sourcing, vendor management, asset management and finance.

This is one of those fantastic procurement leaders events taking delegates through a series of thought-leading sessions to give you the tools and skills to:

  • Negotiate better deals for IT services, software, SaaS, cloud and hybrid infrastructure
  • Collaborate with IT vendors to help reduce risk and achieve desired outcomes for your business
  • Improve financial transparency and strategies to optimise the costs and supply of IT services and products
  • Manage IT assets throughout their lifecycle and prepare for software audits
  • Encourage collaboration between sourcing, procurement, asset management, IT finance and vendor management
  • Explore and implement technologies such as IoT, AI and Blockchain

Speakers at this year’s event include:

ABHI Procurement Conference 2019

Date: 17.09.19
Location: Hogan Lovells International LLP, Atlantic House, Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FG
Cost: ABHI Members – £295 +VAT/Non-member – £395 +VAT

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This September, the Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) leads a conference informing those who work in the health industry of the recent commercial developments that are impacting organisations and looks at the opportunities to support key service changes. This is a very timely conference as the NHS is undergoing a significant period of change in its procurement processes and the new operating model for the NHS Supply Chain now in operation.

Highlights from the conference include:

  • How companies can optimise to work with the Category Tower procurement structure – both nationally and regionally
  • Value-based procurement and important factors to consider when selling into the NHS
  • Efficiency and productivity drivers in the NHS

Speakers at this year’s event include:

  • Professor Sir Tim Briggs – National Director of Clinical Improvement, NHS England/Improvement
  • Graeme Cameron – Division Head, Hospital Care Division, B Braun and Chair of ABHI’s Commercial Policy Group
  • Paul Hornby – Head of Strategic Sourcing & Commercial, National Procurement NHS Scotland
  • Gary Welch – Director of Procurement and Supply Chain, Oxford University 
  • David Wells – Pathology Network Lead, NHS England/Improvement 

Digital Procurement World

Date: 18.09.19 – 19.09.19
Location: Beurs Van Berlage, Damrak 243, 1012 ZJ, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cost: €1,499 (Group discounts are available)

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Billed as the ‘number one digital procurement conference on the planet’, Digital Procurement World will see 400 attendees, 40 speakers and 20 start-ups come together to look at the future of procurement. The conference will help delegates achieve better results and learn about new, emerging technologies. Digital Procurement World is the largest community of digital procurement leaders and the only conference that brings together the entire digital procurement ecosystem from enterprise to big tech, start-ups, VCs, investors, industry analysts and the press – representing every sector of the industry. There will also be a DPW Hackathon where developers, product owners, UX experts, innovators, partners and start-ups can compete over the course of 24 hours. Can’t attend in person? Follow #DPW2019 on social media to keep up to date with the event.

Themes and topics covered at the conference include:

  • Transformation and Strategy
  • Leadership and Talent
  • Big Data and Analytics
  • Robotics and AI
  • Blockchain
  • IoT
  • Risk
  • Collaboration and Innovation

The line-up of speakers includes:

ProcureCon HR

Date: 24.09.19 – 25.09.19
Location: NOVOTEL Amsterdam City, Europaboulevard 10, 1083 AD Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cost: HR and Procurement Professionals – €2,299/Solution Providers – €2,699 (Group discounts are available)

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Work in HR procurement? Want to know how to find the right talent for your business? ProcureCon HR is the leading event for HR procurement, contingent workforce and talent acquisition. At a time of great uncertainty, growing competition for world-class talent, dependence on contingent workers and demand for innovative HR services, ProcureCon HR brings together the largest and most innovative companies in Europe to ask how can you adapt your sourcing strategy to compete in this new world of work?

Speakers at ProcureCon HR 2019 include:

  • Julie Smith – Head of HR Procurement, British American Tobacco
  • Andreas Hettwer – Group Procurement Category Director for External Resource, Capgemini
  • Robert Skidmore – Global Programme Manager for Contingent Labour, AXA
  • Laura Carter – Global Head of HR, AstraZeneca
  • Sander Haken – Global Head of HR Procurement, Shell
  • Suhas Petkar – Global Head of HR Procurement, Teva
  • Bev Thaker-Fell – Global Head of HR Procurement, Barclays
  • Ali Gilani – Head of Resourcing, UK, Babcock
  • Plus many more


Date: 15.10.19 – 17.10.19
Location: Hesperia Tower Barcelona, Gran Via, 144, 08907 Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
Cost: Procurement Professionals – €2,899/Solution Providers and Consultants – €4,099 (Group discounts also available)

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ProcureCon 2019 is a fantastic event for CPOs and Heads of Procurement. Failing to position your role as a valuable business partner at a time of radical digital transformation could make your team expendable. Is your team creating optimum value for the organisation? Are you offering business insights and innovative productivity? ProcureCon 2019 is a great opportunity to learn from the world’s top spenders, connect with others in the procurement industry and participate in topical discussions. The conference brings together more than 280 procurement professionals, with 65 thought-leading speakers showcasing pioneering procurement projects, with 2 networking receptions and 25 hours of invaluable networking across three interactive days.

The speakers at this year’s event include:

Data, Intelligence & Technology Forum – Optimising Procurement’s Digital Literacy

Date: 06.11.19 – 07.11.19
Location: CodeNode, 10 South Place, London, EC2M 7EB
Cost: Procurement Practitioner Package – £1,495 +VAT/Service Provider Networking Package – £2,995 +VAT

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This is an ideal event for digital procurement teams who are looking to take the next step on their digital journey and learn how to elevate their digital strategy and scale solutions to benefit their business. Digital transformation is old news, it’s now time to step it up a gear! This event is the only place where you’ll find award-winning pioneering case studies and visionary digital business leaders who can provide tangible examples to apply to your own strategy immediately. Not attending the event? Follow #PLDITF on social media to keep up to date.

The speaker line-up this year includes:

ProcureCon IT

Date: 19.11.19 – 20.11.19
Location: Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof, Am Kaiserplatz, 60311 Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Cost: IT Procurement Professionals – €1,899/Solution Providers – €2,499 (Group discounts also available)

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Establish your role in digital transformation and define the ongoing success of your career with ProcureCon IT. Are you using the latest digital technologies to benefit your business? Can you offer useful insight into the best partners to work with for AI, automation, data analytics and mobile apps? Are you investing in the right software, cloud and telecoms to best support your organisation? This event is ideal for finding out how your IT procurement, SAM, ITAM and Vendor Manager teams measure up against the world’s top IT spenders, participate in lively debates and small group discussions that will help reshape the future of your business and define the ongoing success of your career. Follow #ProcureCon on social media to keep up to date with the event.

Topics covered in the conference include:

  • Value creation – looking at how to upskill your team and better partner with internal stakeholders to deliver business insights
  • Next generational digital transformation – redefine how you can play a key role in your company’s digital ambitions in AI, Data Analytics, Machine Learning and Blockchain
  • Rethinking supplier engagement – move from SRM to Supplier Enabled Innovation and make strategic partnerships to make the best use of innovation
  • Procurement and IT collaboration – learn how to achieve a transparent, collaborative end-to-end view across IT procurement, ITAM, SAM and Vendor Management functions

Speakers include:

Procurement & Tendering Breakfast Seminar

Date: 27.11.19
Location: Grange City Hotel, 8 – 14 Coopers Row, London EC3N 2BQ
Cost: Free

Work in procurement in the construction industry? Silver Shemmings Ash regularly hosts complimentary breakfast seminars on a range of topics to give you the tools and information to keep you up to date with the latest legal and contractual issues in the construction industry.

In this seminar, Henry Hathaway discusses the typical tender processes currently used in construction projects. He will cover selective, single, two-stage, open and negotiated, serial and framework tenders and the points to consider for each type.

Find out more about Silver Shemmings Ash and their courses and seminars here.

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