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In high product churn environments, supply chains cannot be any less than highly skilled at supplier management. As the packaging supply base in the drinks sector is relatively narrow, customers don’t just need to compete for consumer attention, they need to compete for supplier support and innovation as well.

Crimson & Co is looking forward to leading the debate on 22nd January 2015 in London. With speakers from Accolade Wines, Rexam Beverage Cans and Avon Cosmetics, it promises to be a stimulating discussion!

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Thank you to all of our guests at our client alumni event for making it such a success.

Speaker: Professor Michael Lewis

Discussion: In a world of cross-business processes, matrix management, category segmentation and global diversity, is functional strategy still relevant?

Location: The Goring Hotel, London

Crimson & Co held its winter Client Alumni dinner at the Goring hotel on Thursday 13th November. The event was extremely well attended by a number of clients across a variety of industry sectors. It was warming to see familiar faces as well as some new faces to this event.

Our guest speaker Professor Michael Lewis from Bath University delivered an energetic and lively discussion on the topic of functional strategy and its relevance in a world of cross-business processes, matrix management, category segmentation and global diversity. We talked triangles and T-shapes to discuss the interface with organisation, strategy and people and how these support a functional strategy.

A big thank you goes out to Mike for his enthusiasm and passion on the subject and to all those who were able to attend this event. We look forward to seeing you all next year at the spring dinner in May 2015!

If you would like to know more about this subject please start a discussion on our LinkedIn page or contact Michael Lewis by email on

Crimson & Co was delighted to host a table for its clients and other business associates at the 18th annual Supply Chain Excellence Awards at the Hilton, Park Lane on 5th November.

Our client, North Middlesex University Hospital Trust achieved the shortlist for two awards ‘Public and Third Sectors’ and ‘Sourcing and Procurement’. The nominations were made following several extensive projects with the Trust including a successfully revitalised Procurement function. During one of these projects Crimson & Co supported the Trust in sourcing and commissioning its new, state-of-the-art, Maternity block in Edmonton – a tremendous achievement by our client and colleagues alike.

We thoroughly enjoyed the festivities of the evening and as one of our guests, Catherine Barns, from the North Middlesex University Hospital Trust put it: ‘Pity we didn’t win however we are proud to have been shortlisted. Thoroughly enjoyed the night.’

14th annual Supply Chain Excellence Awards
14th annual Supply Chain Excellence Awards
14th annual Supply Chain Excellence Awards
14th annual Supply Chain Excellence Awards
14th annual Supply Chain Excellence Awards
14th annual Supply Chain Excellence Awards

A huge thank you goes out to all of our guests that attended our recent Champagne and Canapés celebration for making it such a lively and successful evening!

Set in the beautiful Louis XVI Pompadour suite and pillared outdoor terrace of the Luxury Café Royal Hotel, the Crimson & Co team were joined by partners, friends, suppliers and clients as it celebrated its continued success.

Guests enjoyed an evening of sumptuous canapés, champagne, fine wine and entertainment from a magician, giant games and a brilliant 4 piece band.

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce it supported South Yorkshire CIPS members by chairing a presentation on organisational design at an event held on 18th September 2014.

Matt York, Principal at Crimson & Co shared background to a survey conducted in conjunction with the University of Manchester, and introduced the concept that successful change requires alignment with organisational design. Without this alignment, factors such as organisational structure, rewards, culture and leadership style work directly against the change being implemented – a reality which was backed up by several of the survey’s respondents. This led to a lively discussion amongst attendees, who shared their own experiences of change and the common agreement that developing capabilities for their managers is a big priority.

Matt used the survey’s conclusions to discuss the main themes – the 3Cs. He challenged the attendees to ask themselves the following questions next time they feel that a change initiative has lost momentum;

• Have we provided the right level of Clarity to all involved?
• Have we done enough to gain their Commitment to the vision/outputs?
• Do we have the right level of Capability at all levels to deliver the plan?

Overall the evening was very successful and we would like to thank everyone that attended.

Thank you to all of our guests at our client alumni event for making it such a success.

Speaker: Chris Poole

Discussion: The role that ECR continues to play in the twenty-first century

Location: The Royal Automobile Club, London

Crimson & Co’s Client Alumni dinner held on Thursday 15th May at the RAC Club on Pall Mall, was a great success; it was well attended by senior supply chain executives from 19 different sectors, and complimented by the good weather and great location of the RAC Club. There were a number of new faces this time as well as some familiar ones to this networking event.

Our guest speak Mr Chris Poole spoke passionately about his supply chain experiences and role as Co-chair of the UK grocery industry group Efficient Consumer Response (ECR). Chris explained, “ECR has been around since the mid-nineties; but its role today is as important as it was two decades ago. Its mission is focused on working together to fulfil consumer wishes better, faster, at less cost and in a sustainable way”.

As Chris bought us up to date on the Role of ECR in Europe he spoke of three key factors to support manufacturers, retailers and service providers supply chains;

  • Collaboration
  • Sharing best practice and knowledge within the team
  • Transformational change to our industry that benefits our shoppers and consumers

If you would like more information or have any specific questions which Chris didn’t get to answer before he left for the evening, please contact him directly or post a discussion on our LinkedIn page.

A huge thank you to all members who were able to make this event and to Chris for entertaining us for the evening!

Our next event will be in November 2014.


Crimson & Co is delighted to announce it supported CIPS members by chairing the ‘Procurement – your career choice’ event in Leeds on 7th May 2014.

The event, which is aimed at procurement students at all levels, provides an update on what is happening in the world of procurement and assesses how organisations are implementing new supply chains and using new technologies to work more effectively.

Tom Woodham, Director, Crimson & Co who chaired the event on behalf of the company comments, ‘The events held by CIPS throughout the year are always very informative and insightful conferences, with the ‘procurement – your career of choice’ being no exception. It was a great event, which recognises the importance of the next generation of procurement professionals, and their development in a constantly evolving industry.’

Tom also introduced a session on ‘harnessing the power of social media from a procurement perspective’ held by, Rob Wilmot, founding exec and former CEO of Freeserve.

Tom added, ‘We are pleased to be able to be a part of the event, and support the future growth of CIPS members, ensuring that they are equipped with the right tools for their progressing roles in the modern connected world.’

Crimson & Co is pleased to announce Head of Life Science Kerry Pickstone’s interview with LogiPharma, Europe’s only end-to-end life science supply chain conference.

During the Q&A interview Kerry discusses the biggest challenges currently facing the pharmaceutical industry and Crimson & Co’s powerful scprime® approach.

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce that it is sponsoring the annual LogiPharma Europe conference, taking place on the 7th – 10th April 2014.

Now in its 13th year, LogiPharma brings together over 400 senior-level pharma, generics and biotech professionals to benchmark, network, share best practices and assess the latest industry approaches to optimising supply chain performance and security.

As part of the conference, Kerry Pickstone, Head of Life Science at Crimson & Co will present a strategy workshop entitled: ‘Driving business change through innovative organisational design.’ She will focus on changes that need to take effect around business strategy, organisational design that reflects evolving customer demands and demand planning and change management approaches, all of this against survey results from peers within the supply chain.

Visit Crimson & Co at LogiPharma at Stand Number 11.