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BiP treatment for procurement industry

Friday March 25th, 2011

In line with the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting Scottish businesses and helping them to flourish, March saw the inaugural Business to Business (B2B) Scotland, the latest in a long line of BiP-led events designed to benefit the procurement industry.

Held on 15 March, B2B Scotland 2011 brought together key figures from the public and private sector procurement community and – fulfilling the original vision behind its creation – built a cross-industry community of forward-thinking organisations currently working across Scotland’s core sectors.

The event saw a successful full day of networking for delegates from both the public and private sectors, who had the chance to talk business face to face. Workshops and seminars provided invaluable information and ‘educational’ themes for business leaders as they heard from buyers and public sector leaders from Scotland Excel, Glasgow City Council, Ministry of Defence (MOD) and NHS, while also providing invaluable advice on how to manage procurement.

The Live Keynote Arena welcomed a strong line-up of industry leaders and experts who gave essential advice to suppliers seeking to maximise opportunity with public buyers.

Speakers included Jim Mather MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism; Dr Lena Wilson, Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise; Anne MacColl, Chief Executive, Scottish Development International; John Rendall, Chief Executive, HSBC Scotland; and Iain McMillan, Director, CBI Scotland and John Anderson, Chief Executive, The Entrepreneurial Exchange.

Dr Lena Wilson focused on the opportunities which Scottish businesses can utilise, encouraging  leaders to be more ambitious and apply that leadership into growth.

John Rendall spoke of how those in the industry must now ‘do more with less’, however said organisations shouldn’t be ‘too down hearted’ given the wealth of talent and opportunity available in Scotland.  

Anne MacColl said the greatest challenge at the moment for Scottish business was how they go about ‘moving towards economic recovery’. She said the best way forward for businesses to do that was to look more at internationalisation and overseas exporting.

John Anderson also spoke about the opportunites outthere for Scottish businesses, stating that the main problem for companies lay in how they gain access to finance.

The first ever B2B Scotland advised suppliers on how to stay ahead of competitors; how to improve their business process; how to maximise opportunities and contacts; about new legislation that could affect the running of their business; and presented the chance to explore new ideas and ways to innovate.

As well as attracting a healthy number of delegates, the event inaugurated another important date in the procurement calendar – one which, no doubt, will stay for years to come.

To watch exclusive interviews with the key speakers from B2B Scotland 2011, please visit the GO website video section.

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