Public Procurement and Commissioning Conference 2018
The UK public sector spends more than £240 billion procuring goods and services, accounting for a third of all public spending. The Cabinet Office’s commitment to increase the number of central Government contracts awarded to SMEs could create an extra £3 billion of extra business for the country’s smaller employers.
Initiatives such as the Digital Marketplace are already making it easier for smaller private sector IT firms to offer their services to Government departments. The Government Transformation Strategy, published in February 2017, sets out plans to expand these “digital procurement frameworks and practices across the wider public sector”.
The vote to leave the European Union presents a number of challenges and opportunities for public sector procurement. EU laws and regulations will need to be replicated in order to prevent fraud and mismanagement of public funds. However, freedom from competition rules will give Government and local authorities the chance to support local businesses.
Join us for the Public Procurement Conference 2018 where our panel of expert speakers will explain how these recent developments will affect central Government, local councils, the education sector and the NHS.
Please register interest below and we will keep you updated
Topics covered on the day will include:
- What is the latest policy and advice on procurement and commissioning for local authorities?
- Which are the most effective public sector organisations when it comes to procurement and what can we learn from them?
- How can digital procurement drive quality and keep costs down?
- How can we improve transparency to ensure that services are being delivered to a high standard?
- What are the challenges associated with adopting new procurement models and how can we ensure buy in from all stakeholders?
- How can we ensure that the tendering and commissioning process is delivering the desired outcome?
- Is it possible to commission excellent services in a time of financial restraint?
- How can the public sector set realistic procurement priorities without compromising on quality?
- How can data be used to analyse procurement trends and anticipate future challenges?
- Network with delegates from across local government, the NHS and education, and meet with the suppliers looking to offer their services to the public sector.
- Have your questions answered by some of the biggest names in public sector procurement.
- Understand how businesses can deliver better value for money for the public sector.
- Hear from expert speakers and understand how changes to public procurement policy will impact on your organisation.
- Discover how new digital platforms can improve the procurement process and anticipate what Brexit will mean for your organisation.
Registration and Coffee
Lorraine Cox, Director, Star Shared Procurement (CONFIRMED)
Learn from best practice case study examples of successful procurement and commissioning from across the public sector
How procurement can act as an enabler for delivery of positive change in a devolution environment through application of Social Value
Refreshments & Networking Break
Sarah Ireland, Director of Commissioning and Improvement, Croydon Council (CONFIRMED)
How improved engagement with SMEs can generate better public value
Seminar stream 1
Seminar B delivered by ...
Mohamed Hans, Lead Procurement Advisor, CIPFA (invited)
Senior Representative, Local Government Association (invited)
The latest policy updates and LGA advice on procurement and commissioning
Refreshments & Networking Break
Nigel Broadbent, Head of Finance, Calderdale Council (invited)
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- Gaining a better understanding of the current procurement trends in the public sector
- Overcoming the challenges to more effective and efficient procurement processes
- Identifying opportunities for collaborative procurement: insourcing
- Ensuring the outcomes of procurement decisions enhance, sustain and deliver value to public sector services
- How to up your procurement systems to become more effective through digital solutions
- Learn from best practice case study examples of successful procurement and commissioning from across the public sector
- What steps can be taken to ensure that tendering and commissioning processes are set up to deliver value and the right solution
- Examining procurement data and information to stay ahead of the curve and in the know
Who should attend?
- Assistant Director - Infrastructure & Procurement
- Assistant Director of Finance (Corporate Procurement)
- Business Development Manager
- Category Lead - Health
- Category Lead - Technology Products
- Chief Procurement Officer
- Commercial Director
- Deputy Director
- Deputy Head of Procurement
- Director of Procurement and CPO
- Head of Category Management
- Head of Commercial
- Head of Procurement
- Senior Commercial Manager
- Senior Procurement Manager
- SME Champion