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Sunday September 20th, 2009

By Morven MacNeil, GO Features Editor

Procurex Scotland 2009, organised by BiP Solutions, is the only event to recognise the combined power of the business to government and business to business martketplaces; book your place today to avoid disappointment.

More than 3000 key decision makers from all areas of the supply chain are expected to come together at Procurex Scotland 2009, a free-to-attend event which runs on October 28 and 29 at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow.

Attending Procurex Scotland 2009 will offer all buyers from the public and private sectors a unique opportunity to maximise the benefits of their purchasing functions and engage directly with the supplier community.

The event is ideal for procurement officers, contract managers, dedicated purchasing authority buyers, environmental officers, specifiers, commissioners, project managers and budget holders.

For suppliers, Procurex Scotland 2009 will be your route to finding your next business opportunity, with the chance for you to build contacts with the public and private sectors, win new business and gain market knowledge. The event will also offer attendees the chance to hear the very latest news on supply chain issues from the public sector and business community in Scotland. As we begin to emerge from the recession, those companies who have used this time to strengthen their internal procurement processes and implement a shrewder approach to spending will be in the strsongest position to recover quickly and indeed maximise new commercial opportunities.

Procurex Scotland 2009 will offer three training zones with multiple workshops providing delegates with the opportunity to develop their procurement skills free of charge. The Supplier Development Programme is also supporting an Enterprise and Business Support Zone which offers the opportunity to meet organisations dedicated to assisting you reach the standards required to compete for and win tenders in the public or private sector.

Procurex Scotland 2009 will also be co-located with two major conferences:

The Scottish Government Fifth National Public Procurement Conference

28 October – SECC, Glasgow

The Scottish Government Fifth National Public Procurement Conference will be the official leading forum for discussion and networking for public sector procurement personnel in Scotland.

The McClelland reform programme is moving forward and this event will provide an update at policy and sectoral levels of the progress made so far. Delegates will also have an invaluable opportunity to meet colleagues from across all areas of the public sector and to hear presentations from many leading procurement practitioners.

The conference will be chaired by Brian Taylor, Political Editor at BBC Scotland. Delegates will hear a keynote address from John Swinney MSP, Cabinet

Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, who will be joined by John F McClelland CBE, author of the Review of Public Procurement in Scotland; Alastair Merrill, Director, Scottish Procurement Directorate; Colin Maclean, Non Executive Director at the Scottish Futures Trust; and Alan Boyd, Director of Public Law at McGrigors LLP.

Government Opportunities (GO) Scottish Business Summit

29 October – SECC, Glasgow

The unpredictability of the current economic climate means that there has never been a more important time to look for new business opportunities and to build your knowledge of current and forthcoming initiatives that may be of benefit to your organisation.

A huge range of opportunities currently exist for Scottish and UK businesses. The GO Business Summit will provide an unrivalled opportunity to hear about the policies in place to assist businesses and how effective procurement can assist economic recovery. The Summit will also allow attendees to learn from keynote business speakers’ personal experiences.

The GO Scottish Business Summit will bring together representatives from businesses and organisations of all sizes across Scotland, who will share their understanding and experience in relation to building and developing successful business strategies. Chairing the conference is Grahame Steed, Managing Editor, GO magazine, and speakers include Michelle Mone, founder and co-owner of MJM International; Derrick McCourt, Regional Director, Microsoft Scotland; Stella Manzie, Director General for Finance and Corporate Services, Scottish Government; Liz Cameron, Chief Executive, Scottish Chambers of Commerce; and Jim Murphy MP, Secretary of State for Scotland.

The GO Scottish Business Summit will be a fantastic networking opportunity for Scottish and UK companies looking to showcase their services to powerful public sector buyers.

Also taking place on the first evening of Procurex Scotland are the GO Awards Scotland 2009.

GO Awards Scotland

28 October – Crowne Plaza, Glasgow

Launched last year, the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland, organised by BiP Solutions, are the only awards dedicated to public procurement in the region. The event builds upon the success of the National GO Awards, which are recognised as the UK’s leading public procurement awards. The after dinner speaker this year is impressionist Rory Bremner.

The standard of the submissions received was highly impressive, each presenting a unique account of the excellent and innovative work which is carried out every day in procurement in Scotland.

This year saw a high number of submissions entered into the GO Awards Scotland from a broad range of Scottish public and private sector organisations. This makes the achievement of a finalist place even more significant, as the level of competition for the Awards intensifies.

Those finalists who go on to become the Winner in their category have much to be proud about. Those who achieve Highly Commended status should also be acknowledged as among the very best in their class. Good luck to the finalists, and well done to all who entered the GO Awards Scotland 2009.

The judging process is now under way and the finalists will be announced on the GO Awards Scotland website – – on 2 October. An eNewsletter detailing the GO Awards Scotland finalists will also be sent to all GO readers and entrants.

Procurex Scotland 2009 will feature over 100 suppliers working within Scotland and across the UK. From SMEs through to international blue-chip organisations, the stage is set for Scotland’s largest supplier showcase.

For further information, or to register free today, please visit:

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