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Monday January 18th, 2010

Supply SME Engagement Conference – Empowering SMEs

London’s economy is vast, highly specialised, globally reaching, world leading, diverse, and highly dynamic but London’s economy can only thrive if the city’s businesses remain competitive both nationally and globally.

Private sector business makes up 76% of employment in London, of which half is provided by SMEs. The Mayor of London is committed to making it easier for SMEs to win business and making all businesses aware of the wide-ranging support services already available to them.

The Supply SME Engagement Conference will provide delegates with the latest information on the opportunities available to SMEs across the capital. The conference will examine not only the routes to new business, but also the help and support available to help SMEs thrive in this ever-changing marketplace.

The public sector currently spends around £220 billion a year on procuring the goods and services needed to deliver public services. With major public projects from the London 2012 Olympic Games to the Crossrail programme taking place throughout the capital, public sector spending is creating a wide range of opportunities for local businesses.

The Supply SME Engagement Conference will examine the assistance available to SMEs through government initiatives as well as local business support organisations.

Chairing the Conference is Grahame Steed, Managing Editor, Government Opportunities. Speakers include Naomi Davy, Senior Policy Advisor and Programme Manager of the Glover Review, Office of Government Commerce; Philip Adams, Interoperability Manager,; Leon Clarke, Head of Olympic Business Legacy, London Development Agency; Jillian Lilico, Programme Manager, Pera/Supply London; and Julie Harmer, PASS Consultant, BiP Solutions.

The Supply SME Engagement Conference will take place at the Mermaid Conference Centre, London on 25 March 2010.

Further information

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GO Conferences presents: National NHS Procurement Conference 2010 – Current issues: Future plans

The NHS in England spends around £20 billion of taxpayers’ money on goods and services. Expenditure on public services is currently under review and is certain to be a major topic of debate leading up to the General Election in 2010.

The National NHS Procurement Conference 2010 will look at how procurement is changing at all levels within the NHS in England, and aims to cover all current issues and future plans. The conference will bring together a number of senior figures from the worlds of procurement, finance and industry. Their task will be to explain what is currently on the agenda for procurement and to forecast what is likely to happen in the future. 

This event is a must for both suppliers and potential suppliers who see the NHS as a strategically important market. You will discover first hand how NHS procurement is evolving and the NHS’s plans for maximising its purchasing power as it comes under ever-increasing scrutiny.

Chairing the Conference are Duncan Eaton, former Chief Executive, NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA) and Neil Argyle, former Director, NHS PASA Speakers include Bob Dredge, Senior Fellow, School of Public Policy, Keele University; John Warrington, Deputy Director, Policy and Research; Helen MacCarthy, Procurement Director, Buying Solutions; and Chris Theaker, former Director, NHS PASA.

The National NHS Procurement Conference will take place at the Cavendish Conference Centre, London on 30 March 2010.

Further information

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