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A Look Back on 2019

As a new decade approaches, Rupert Gaster reflects upon a busy 2019.

2019 has been an incredibly busy year for us at Procurement Heads, and as a result, we’ve been able to achieve a 28% year-on-year rise in revenue.

Our growth has been made possible by the team’s dedication to providing an end-to-end consultative service to both candidates and clients.

The testimonials our consultants have received this year are a testament to their hard work.

This year we increased our Procurement events offering, with an Effective Leadership event, wine tasting in Winchester with the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and our first interim networking event in London.

Our wine tasting event in October was a fantastic opportunity to work more closely with CIPS, the world’s largest organisation dedicated to the profession.

With a global community of more than 200,000, CIPS is really helping to put procurement on the map, something we are committed to supporting them achieve.

We’re grateful to everyone who has hosted, attended and helped to put on these thought leadership and networking events, and look forward to more in the coming year.

Our Procurement events have been just one of the ways we’ve supported our charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support, this year.

Since we began supporting Macmillan, the Heads Resourcing Group has raised more than £16,000 towards the charity’s incredible work.

In October we relocated from our office space in Winchester to Ocean Village, Southampton.

The move has been hugely positive and enables us to grow over the coming years.

Furthermore, we launched our new search and selection sister company, Executive Heads, which specialises in helping clients to access, assess and retain the best Executive and Director level talent to will make their businesses successful. Executive Heads’ new website will go live in January and it has been exciting to see the brand develop.

Challenges such as business investment being a casualty of the uncertainty caused by Brexit, and the weakening of the Purchasing Manager Index – often an indicator of market-wide confidence – have been tempered by strong employment, which is at its lowest rate since 1974.

The fact that real wages have again risen, and wage growth is at 3.6%, are undoubted bright spots.

As 2019 draws to a close and the new decade approaches, I’m confident that Procurement will roar into the twenties.

Rupert Gaster