When polled, only 4% of the audience at the ‘Procurement – challenges and opportunities in 2015’ session claimed to view the procurement department as a "friend".
The panel, lead by Sasha Frieze, managing director of The Business Narrative, cited possible reasons for the lack of a close relationship between the procurements department and the events team, including the idea that events teams want to work more independently and make their own choices about suppliers, and sometimes feel like new processes are forced upon them.
However, the panel agreed it was important to develop a better relationship between the procurement and events departments. They claimed this could benefit the company overall in terms of reducing costs, risk assessment, and adding value from quality assurance and innovation.
It was also agreed that collaboration between departments from the beginning of a project could establish common goals, and would ultimately help achieve creative strategy.
The final word of advice from a panel member was that events teams need to embrace procurement and make it work for them, as it’s not going to go away.