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Procurement professionals need more accessible opportunities to network, interact, share our best practices, ask questions and increase our visibility to employers (or potential clients). 

They were the hypotheses when we kicked off the roots (or tentacles) of what grew to become Proctopus. 

Sales & marketing folks are great at putting on industry events and networking. Procurement people less so. The same applies when it comes to sales & marketing of our achievements and capabilities internally with our stakeholders!

Conferences (and virtual conferences) in our industry are often overpriced (and often a bit crap). In person networking isn’t going to come back for the foreseeable future. But people still need professional support, interaction, advice and the feeling of community.

Today I talk to my fellow Co-Founders of Proctopus: Keith McCabe, Graham Copeland, Oliver Mountain and Dave Jones about how Proctopus came into being, what we hope to achieve with it, and how we see the community and brand growing as we enter 2021.

While we all agree that 2020 has been a tough year for most people, we are cautiously optimistic about 2021 and are very excited to grow Proctopus to expand to other areas, and increase the number of people whom we touch through our virtual events and content.

If you’d like to suggest other ways we can support fellow procurement professionals, we’d love to hear from you. Connect with us below!


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We’re on a mission to make the procurement community more engaged and our profession better understood.

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