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Procurement excellence on show at Procurex Live North

Tuesday April 30th, 2013
Procurex Live North

Procurex Live North

In today’s economic climate, getting the correct training, hearing from the leading decision makers and engaging with the procurement community has never been more important.

As a result, the UK’s leading procurement training event and exhibition redefined its offering for 2013, launching regional events in Birmingham, Manchester, London and Glasgow in order to ensure that a wider audience can benefit from the unique training and knowledge sharing available through the Procurex brand.

Following successful events in London and Birmingham at the beginning of the year, the last of this season’s regional events – Procurex Live North – took place in Manchester last week, supported by the Government Procurement Service and playing host to some of the top players in the procurement community.

The day kicked off with Julie Collins, Head of Relationship Management and Projects, Government Procurement Service, who discussed procurement excellence and warned against the duplication of effort across procurement teams.

Speaking of the value of Procurex to the packed crowd, Ms Collins said:

Procurex Live North speaker, Julie Collins, Government Procurement Service

Procurex Live North speaker, Julie Collins, Government Procurement Service

“If you leave these kinds of events with one thing it’s to do things differently. We need to change our role in order to safeguard frontline services.”

Another popular discussion in the Keynote Zone was delivered by Matt Wynne, Procurement Policy at the Cabinet Office, who outlined a progress update on the modernisation of the EU Procurement Directives, including the key UK-inspired improvements. Included in his top ten changes likely to affect the UK was the ability for SMEs to self-certify their credentials, more freedom for suppliers to negotiate with suppliers, and simplified rules on Dynamic Purchasing Systems.

The Procurex Live North exhibition was a complete sell out and featured stands from the Government Procurement Service, Ready for Business and the Ministry of Defence.

After the summer period, Procurex will return for the first event in the 2013/14 season with Procurex Scotland Live 2013. Taking place at the SECC, Glasgow on 22 October, the event is the largest procurement training showcase and exhibition in Scotland, with full support of the Scottish Government and incorporating the Scottish Government Ninth National Public Procurement Conference.

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Procurex Live North Audience

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