Matthew Sparkes, deputy director of the financial services group at the UK’s Crown Commercial Service, is to speak for the first time about his organisation’s ground-breaking Supplier Early Payment Programme (SEPS). The scheme, first reported in SCF Briefing in August, offers dynamic discounting and reverse factoring options for suppliers to national and local government organisations such as the National Health Service.

Sparkes will take delegates through the process of setting up such a large programme during a morning keynote at the Supply Chain Finance Community Forum at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam on 29th November. He is among the first group of speakers to be announced for the 2018 Forum, which will be the largest to date with over 20 supporting partners ranging from business schools to global banks. Also on the programme are Giogio Zagami, CPO of MSC Cruises, giving a procurement perspective on SCF, and Eric Woons, global head of cash management at Saudi Arabian manufacturing company SABIC, who will talk delegates through the process of running a supplier finance RFI from the client side.

Now in its sixth year, SCF Forum has grown to become the world’s leading specialist supply chain finance event, attracting more than 250 attendees in 2017 and expanding this year into extra space at the Beurs van Berlage to make room for specialist tracks on topics such as bank/fintech collaboration, inventory finance, blockchain and SCF around the world.

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