Public Procurement and Commissioning Conference 2017
“I want to harness the knowledge, skills and experience that SMEs offer to help us meet our manifesto commitment that £1 of every £3 invested by Whitehall in goods and services goes to SMEs by 2020.” – Ben Gummer MP, Cabinet Office Minister
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 2017 where expert speakers will explain how the latest development will affect central Government, local councils, the education sector and the NHS. Discover how new digital platforms can improve the procurement process, anticipate what Brexit will mean for your organisation and understand how SME’s can deliver better value for money for the public sector.
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Registration and Coffee
Opening Remarks and Session from Chair
Paul Tomany, Managing Director, North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium
The Diamond Report and How Universities Work with SMEs and SEs.
Special Keynote Session:
George McFarlane, Principal Policy Adviser, CBI
Refreshments & Networking Break
Satty Rai, Member Engagement Manager, Northern Housing Consortium
The homeless reduction bill- How will this affect the north?
Peter Schofield AGMA Procurement Hub Programme Manager
Local Government Procurement – Where are we? Why are we here? What the future holds.
Julie Charge, Associate Director of Finance, University of Salford
Questions and Answers
Tony Stanyard, Head of Procurement at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Afternoon Keynote: Raising The Game at Trust Level
David Whitehouse, Project Manager, Warwickshire County Council
Case Study: Junk 2 Brass in Warwickshire
Jimmy Brannigan, Director, NET Positive Futures
Supplier Engagement: Promoting a sustainable positive intent!
Questions and Answers
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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