Fresh ideas to feature at September supply chain management seminar

‘Dare to be Different’  is the theme of Oil & Gas UK’s upcoming supply chain seminar, organised in association with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS), which will explore the potential benefits of applying alternative supply chain management processes to overcome the upstream sector’s increasing costs.

The event, sponsored by Sharecat, takes place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on 18 September 2014.

Oil and Gas UK LogoKen Cruickshank, Oil & Gas UK’s Operations Manager, explains:

“While the industry has experienced a period of record investment, it is operating in a mature offshore oil and gas province where costs continue to rise and threaten the long term future of the sector.

“At the ‘Dare to be Different’ seminar we’ll be taking a fresh look at existing supply chain management processes and inviting speakers working in sectors outside our own industry to share their expertise and thoughts about using alternative ways to manage systems.

“In addition to contributions from oil and gas-related organisations including facilities management, engineering support, fabricators, helicopter operators and logistics providers, speakers from the nuclear power generating industry and procurement consultants serving diverse sectors will contribute to the discussion.

“With input from CIPS, the professional organisation for supply chain management, the event promises to provide opportunities for participants to share expertise and exchange insights into measures the supply chain could implement to improve cost competitiveness.

Mr Cruickshank adds:

“The UK upstream oil and gas supply chain contributed more than £35 billion to the UK economy in 2012 and provided employment for over 450,000 people, when including upstream oil and gas operators and induced employment. This event hopes to contribute to the industry’s efforts to ensure the supply chain further develops its capabilities to sustain business success.”

Phil Broughton, Corporate relationships Energy and Oil & Gas sectors said:

“With the oil and gas industry under increasing pressure from growing economies, legislation and risks to supply from civil unrest, energy buyers need all the support and help they can get.

“This is an ideal opportunity to get supply chain professionals together and working with others from not only their own industries but to experience the diversity, innovation and ideas from other sectors, and we’re delighted to be working with such a well-respected organisation to make it all happen.”

There are still places available at the seminar and bookings are being taken online at



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