WBE 2 WBE Day: Meeting the Needs of Corporate Procurement Teams

Date & Time: 
Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 09:30 to 15:30

9-11 New Square, Bedfont Lakes
TW14 8HA




The WBE Council would like to invite you to attend our next WBE 2 WBE Day which is taking place on Thursday 5th March at the offices of Cisco, a WEConnect International corporate member.

Together, our certified WBEs generate over £200m worth of business each year and this event is an opportunity for our WBEs to get to know each other and to understand more about each other’s businesses. As the network of WBEs expands across Europe, there’s increased opportunity to work with each other and to use each other’s products and services and so we’d like to raise awareness of these opportunities within the network of our certified women-owned businesses

There are a number of great reasons for being part of the WEConnect community as a woman owned business; to connect with other female entrepreneurs, to collaborate, gain and share insight and to win business from the global corporate members. But how ready are you to meet the needs of the corporate procurement teams?

At the WEConnect International Europe Conference in November, during the roundtable discussions with corporate members, we heard lots of questions about procurement processes, buyer expectations, RFP timelines etc. By attending this WBE 2 WBE Day you will learn more about the tendering process, time frames involved, how to ensure your business is tender ready, tips on building your tender tool kit. In addition, you will hear about the challenges faced by procurement teams and understand how you can help the process and create your winning approach for 2020. If formal tendering isn’t a method you use, we will also be covering the topic of brand and how to stand out when buyers are looking at your business as a potential supplier.

The event is free to attend but there are limited spaces available so please register online here as soon as you can: https://weconnect-wbe2wbe-corporate-procurement-teams.eventbrite.co.uk

We expect the day to be a very valuable experience for us all and one which will help us to forge new partnerships and understand how we can all benefit more from being part of WEConnect International.

09.30am - Registration, networking & refreshments
10.00am - Welcome from Maggie Berry & Bryan Wiggins from Cisco
10.10am - Introduction to the day with Maggie Berry & Gill Thorpe
10.20am - ‘Procurement challenges & expectations’ - Gill Thorpe, CEO, The Sourcing Team
10.40am - ‘What we look for from businesses we want to work with’ – Bryan Wiggins, Program Manager, Supplier Diversity, Global Procurement Services, Cisco
11.10am - Coffee break & networking
11.30am - ‘Creating your two-page credentials’ – Gemma Wilson-Vidal, Head of Production & Operations, Spoon London
12.00pm - Expert advice from Frederique Rammeloo, CEO, Dexter Global Business Solutions - a specialist procurement consultancy
12:30pm - Lunch & networking
1:30pm - Looking from the outside in – Kelly Allison, Founder & CEO, KVA Digital
1:50pm - Winning business through formal RFPs – Liz Axten, Business Development Director, KTS Events
2:10pm - Group roundtable discussions
2.40pm - Panel discussion and Q&A
3:30pm - Close

If you have any questions, please contact Emma Duncan on eduncan@weconnectinternational.org - many thanks!

Back to Events page.