The Recruitment Supply Chain Business Forum

This event is for end user clients, RPO/MSP and recruitment firms (RPO/MSP and recruitment firms will be asked to bring a client guest to guarantee their place.)

On the morning of Thursday 10th May 2012 at CBI HQ (Map), ABFA and APSCo will host the second Recruitment Supply Chain Business Forum.

This event will be attended by key decision makers from both corporate and public sector clients that engage RPO and MSP solutions. We will discuss the current issues in the supply chain that can affect quality of candidates, size of talent pool to choose from, clarity of liability and financial stability of critical elements within the chain.

Funding is especially important in the agency worker supply chain because-

  • Staffing companies nearly always have to pay their workers before they have been paid by their clients.
  • This cash flow is normally bridged by invoice discounting and factoring.
  • Without this funding most of the staffing industry would not be able to trade, agency workers would not be available to end users on attractive terms, if at all, or there would be a reduction in the availability of agency workers and an increase in the cost of agency workers to end users, including the public sector.

All major political parties have acknowledged the important role that the flexible labour force plays in UK competitiveness and access to cash flow funding is a vital cog in the agency worker process. BIS have even set up a business working group to examine the issues behind late payment.

ABFA, APSCo and APSCo’s RPO and MSP Sector Group, which consists of key decision makers in this growing market sector, have been working hard to create a Code of Conduct which focuses on best practice, fair trading and shared risk for all parties within the supply chain.

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8.30 Coffee and Registration
9.00 Opening and Welcome


Ann Swain, Chief Executive, APSCo


9.15 The Business Forum

The Expert Panel


Kate Sharp

Chief Executive Officer




Matthew Griffin

Head of Sourcing
& Category Management

Procurement Service



Erica Briody

Talent Acquisition Leader

GE Energy Europe 



Darren Lancaster


Hudson RPO EMEA Regions 



Oliver Harris

Chief Executive Officer

Resource Solutions



Keith Wilmott

Chief Financial Officer

Venn Group



Stephen Rookes

Commercial &
Legal Director

NES Global Talent



Gerard Chick MCIPS

Head of Knowledge

Chartered Institute of
Purchasing & Supply

12:00 - 12:30 Summing Up - Ann Swain
12:30 - 14:30 Lunch & Networking

Booking Information

Attendance is free of charge but by invitation only. Please complete a booking form to request an invitation and return it to the APSCo office by fax on 08458 997 389 or contact Hayley Morbin at the APSCo office directly on 08458 997 388.

Forum Timing

Thursday 10th May 2012
Registration 08.30, Close 12.30
Lunch & Networking 12.30 - 14.30


Please let us know if you are unable to attend we can then release your booking to someone on the waiting list. It may be necessary, for reasons beyond our control, to make changes to the programme content, forum timings and speakers.


The Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA)

The Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA) is a UK based trade association representing an industry with over fifty years’ experience of supplying much needed liquidity to businesses. The industry has a particular expertise in funding the recruitment sector.

ABFA Members provide Factoring, Invoice Discounting and Asset Based Lending to approximately 42,000 companies across the UK and Ireland and represent almost all of the Asset Based Financiers in these markets. The Association has active membership and affiliate programmes, through which financiers and partners of the industry can actively get involved with the Association and its activities.

The primary objectives of the Association are representation and education, and it provides industry PR, education, statistics, networking events and lobbying services for the industry.

The Association also works closely with other trade bodies, such as the CFA (our US counterparts) and the IFG (International Factors Group) and other associations, such as ASPCo. The industry is recognised as a major source of working capital finance for the recruitment sector.

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Business Forum venue

CBI Headquarters
Centre Point
103 New Oxford Street
London WC1A 1DU

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