Overview

Increasing pressure on public sector budgets, as well as unstable supply chains, have added to the burden to create cost-effective approaches to procuring goods and services. Moreover, the increasing emphasis on achieving net zero goals area increasingly has amplified demands for social value from public spending. Addressing these challenges, the Procurement Bill, passed in October 2023, aims to remove bureaucratic barriers, promote fair competition for small businesses, ensure timely payments within public sector supply chains, and establish a rigorous framework for excluding underperforming suppliers. With the Act due to be implemented in October 2024, now is an important time for procurement professionals from across the public sector to come together to discuss innovative ways forward.

  • Gross spending on public sector procurement was £393 billion in 2022/23 across the UK, as shown by Public Spending Statistics
  • Procurement normally accounts for about a third of public sector spending according to the Treasury’s Whole Government Accounts
  • Analysis by Social Enterprise UK suggested that £760 billion worth of opportunities to create economic, social and environmental value may have been missed in public sector procurement from 2010 to 2020

Join us at the Public Procurement Conference 2024 to hear that latest updates and guidance from leading experts in public sector procurement and those working to develop innovative solutions in their organisations. Engage with a series of best practice case studies showcasing best practice in sustainable and socially responsible procurement, creating transparent processes and managing recruitment costs. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues cross sectors to discuss challenges you have faced successfully implementing effective procurement strategies.

Why Attend:

✓ High level keynotes from leading experts on the latest updates and reforms to brownfield regeneration funding and planning
✓ A range of key topics including identifying sites for redevelopment, engaging the local community with planning, and meeting council environmental targets
✓ Network with Senior Colleagues from across the education sector
✓ Gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

For more information please call 0330 058 4285

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Agenda
  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Professor Annamaria La Chimia, Professor of Law and Development and Director of PPRG, University of Nottingham (invited)

  • Keynote: An Update on the Latest Regulations and Guidelines Following the Procurement Act 2023

    • Creating a simpler and more flexible commercial system to align with evolving public sector business needs
    • Enabling small business and social enterprises to actively participate and succeed in the public procurement process to foster innovation and diversity
    • Taking action to crack down on high-risk suppliers to drive up standards and ensure quality services
    • Approaches for embedding transparency throughout the commercial lifecycle to allow thorough scrutiny of the spending of public money

    Gareth Rhys Williams, Government Chief Commercial Officer, Government Commercial Function (invited)

  • Keynote: Designing and Implementing Effective Structures to Measure the Social Value of Procurement

    • Methods for collecting detailed information from existing and prospective suppliers to gain the best understanding of the market
    • Setting clear expectations and targets to measure social value against over a purchase’s lifetime
    • Fostering whole-organisation collaboration to develop deeper understandings of the overall goals that the organisation is looking to pursue
    • Working with suppliers to make purchases that promote and enable innovation with measurable outcomes

    Matthew Rees, Director, Commercial Hub, National Audit Office (CONFIRMED)

  • Key Supporter Session

  • Question and Answers 

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Ensuring Procurement is Sustainable to Meet Organisational Net Zero Targets

    • Designing robust procedures to accurately assess the sustainability of bids and their value to net zero ambitions
    • Advice for developing a sustainable procurement strategy to future proof contracts against guideline changes
    • Tips for securing adequate budgets to fund energy saving projects with high initial costs
    • Incorporating waste reduction and lower energy consumption to increase cost effectiveness whilst improving sustainability

    Robert Dumolo, Head of Procurement, University of East Anglia (invited)

  • Case Study: Working Together to Create a Whole-Organisation Approach to Tackling Procurement Fraud

    • Using open-source information to effectively vet suppliers and establish their legitimacy
    • Mobilising innovative technological solutions to proactively safeguard taxpayers’ money
    • Building collaborations with partners and outside agencies to achieve collective goals in addressing fraud across all business areas
    • Raising awareness within the organisation to engage all staff in active measures to prevent fraud

    Nick Jennings, Head of Service, Shared Anti-Fraud Service, Hertfordshire Council (invited)

  • Case Study: Implementing Safeguards to Prevent Exploitation and Modern Slavery in Supply Chains

    • Tips for writing a Modern Slavery Statement to provide all buyers with clear guidelines on their obligations and requirements
    • Undertaking additional research to overcome to shortcomings of data platforms that inadequately assess the extent of modern slavery
    • Upskilling staff to give them the confidence and ability to identify cases of modern slavery when procuring goods
    • Developing internal frameworks and tools to support buyers to undertake effective due diligence

    Don Bowman, Director, London Universities Purchasing Consortium (invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch Break

  • Keynote: Putting Procurement Front and Centre in Our Organisations

    • Is Procurement still the poor relation?
    • Approaches for improving procurement’s standing and importance within an organisation
    • Ensuring equity between procurement and other professions to give procurement its rightful prominence
    • Choosing between a Big Bang or piecemeal approach to putting procurement in the lead
    • Discussion of the consequences of promoting procurement to the centre of an organisation

    Martin Cawthorn, Director of Procurement, L&Q (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Developing Processes and Fostering a Culture that Promotes Socially Responsible Procurement

    • Creating innovative procurement systems to make them accessible to small businesses and social enterprises
    • Simplifying procurement documentation to improve accessibility for organisations unfamiliar with the language of government procurement
    • Conducting online engagement events and developing tools to support volunteers assisting social enterprises in bidding for work
    • Listening to suppliers to understand their processes and adapt internal procedures accordingly

    Andrew Stephenson, Director of Procurement, National Highways (invited)

  • Key Supporter Session

  • Questions and Answers

  • Breakout Networking

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in public sector procurement. It will allow you to share your experiences and encourage cross sector collaboration to make public procurement efficient, sustainable, and socially responsible.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Creating a Transparent Procurement Process to Attract Diverse and High-Quality Bidders

    • Collecting data to assess the progress of projects and held to account
    • Enhancing the visibility of fair processes to encourage a wider range of competitive applications from suppliers
    • Establishing a single point of contact in the procurement team for supplier enquiries create a clear flow of information
    • Standardising questions and procedures to encourage bid submissions that area easy to review and score

     

  • Case Study: Guaranteeing Whole-Life Cost-Effectiveness in Procurement Processes

    • Advice for balancing cost-effectiveness with sustainability to maximise the public benefit of procurement
    • Accurately predicting whole life costs to assess both predefined and long-term costs
    • Streamlining procurement processes to increase efficiency and decrease expenses
    • Designing and implementing effective processes to ensure that cost-effectiveness is monitored throughout the lifespan of a contract

    Esther Beaumont, Head of Category Management, Seven Force Collaboration (invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *programme subject to change without notice

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

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  • Wider geographical reach of delegates and a different audience who prefer online to f2f
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Pricing
  • Public Sector Rate:: £449.00+VAT+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate:: £379.00+VAT+VAT
  • Private Sector Rate:: £649.00+VAT+VAT