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Procurex North Live Keynote Arena

Monday January 26th, 2015

procurex-northProcurex North Live 2015 is coming to Manchester Central on 26 February. Its Keynote Arena will bring together policy makers and thought leaders to present the current and future buying requirements of the UK public sector, with a special focus on the north of England.

It will include presentations by leading experts, who will discuss the latest policy and legal updates which impact on the roles of purchasing and commissioning within the public sector.

Chairing the event will be PASS (Procurement Advice and Support Service) consultant Colin Cram, who will also share the lessons he has learnt from his current role and past position as Director of the North West Centre of Excellence.

This address will be followed by The Importance of Great Procurement to the North West and How it Will be Achieved, a speech byManchester City Council Chief Executive, Sir Howard Bernstein. Sir Howard will explain Greater Manchester’s status as the UK’s second most economically powerful region or ‘Alpha City’ and how it can be capitalised upon.

Crown Commercial Service Chief Executive Officer Sally Collier will build upon this in her speech Alpha Cities: Supporting the Delivery of First Class Services and Economic Growth. It will explain the aid Crown Commercial Service (CCS) can provide to Alpha City suppliers, particularly SMEs, to help them thrive.
BBC Head of Procurement Jim Hemmington will present his experience of Securing First Class Value through Outsourcing: The Role of Procurement – Overview.

The BBC’s procurement team won the National Outsourcing Association’s 2014 ‘Outsourcing Buyer of the Year’ award. Mr Hemmington’s session will outline key lessons and experiences and the positive improvements achieved throughout the contract lifecycle, as well as where more focus is required.

Then PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Senior Consultant Henry Needler will look in more detail at Alpha Procurement for Alpha Cities, exploring how Greater Manchester can use its ‘Alpha City’ status to gain maximum benefit from its £5 billion a year procurement spend and the wider implications for procurement organisations and personnel.

Next, Scottish Procurement Directorate Deputy Director, Paul McNulty will review the experiences and achievements of the Scottish government in a presentation entitled Delivering Economic Growth and Social and Environmental Benefits through Creative Public Procurement: the Scottish Experience, which will also explore what the wider UK can learn from Scottish procurement.

Following this, Thames Water’s Head of Managed Procurement Service, Tessa Fayers, will examine getting best value for money in her presentation Sourcing for Innovation: Better Outcomes and Reduced Costs. She will use her experience of utilities procurement to suggest innovative supply management techniques that can be applied across various sectors.

The final session will take the form of a panel discussion examining Alpha Procurement for Alpha Cities in more detail, withJim Hemmington leading the panel.
This will be followed by Colin Cram who will wrap up the Keynote Arena with the Chair’s Closing Remarks.

To experience the Keynote Arena and many other features, delegates can book a place at Procurex North Live 2015 via the website.

 

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