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Procurex Scotland Live 2014 Review

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

procurexscotland_logoProcurex Scotland Live 2014 once again united procurement experts with members of the supply chain in this seventh annual event, held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), Glasgow on 21 October. This year extra prestige came to Procurex as it hosted the Scottish Government Tenth National Public Procurement Conference.

The Scottish Government Tenth National Public Procurement Conference provided information on buying trends and their impact, allowing delegates to adapt their procurement strategies to match and embed best practice.

Best practice in Scottish procurement increasingly demands social value clauses. This was the message delivered by Scottish Government Finance Minister John Swinney, as he took to the keynote stage to declare: “Good procurement encourages the social and economic goals of government.”

These goals include issues like collaborative procurement, SME engagement and the use of supported businesses, all of which help drive value for money and long-term social benefits. These benefits were discussed during Mr Swinney’s keynote address and were further debated on the exhibition floor.

The charity Forth Sector was represented at its Procurex exhibition stand by Steven Baxter, who explained the importance of supported businesses.

He said: “Forth Sector is a charity based in Edinburgh, which for 25 years has provided support for people that are disadvantaged in the workplace. It does this through a combination of person-centred support in the workplace, training and advice.

“We have also operated businesses where we can offer work placements, work experience, training and increasingly supported employment. At the moment our businesses have employees who are supported through the work choice programme, to get work where they might not otherwise.”

“Supported employment doesn’t have enough recognition and the people who do know about it don’t support it enough. So I am here to raise awareness and to get the public sector to consider procuring through companies like us.”

Echoing this sentiment was Steven McNamee from Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi).

Talking from his stand, Mr McNamee said: “We are hoping to get some business from networking with the conference attendees; it is a good chance to meet potential clients.

“It is very useful having Procurex and the GO Awards Scotland on in conjunction, to accommodate people travelling from further afield.”
One exhibitor in agreement was Barry Graham from the Scottish Government’s procurement and commercial directorate. Mr Graham expressed his enjoyment of both Procurex Live and the GO Awards – held on the evening of Procurex at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel – saying that they had become annual highlights in the procurement calendar.

He commented: “As a networking opportunity Procurex and the GO Awards are vital; they give us a chance to catch up with people that we only see once a year. It gives us a chance to meet our suppliers and keep the relationships going.”

Looking to forge new relationships was exhibitor Chanel Bikorimana, representing Business Gateway. Mr Bikorimana said the company attended Procurex to help people both build up their existing companies and start new ones.

He explained: “I am looking forward to meeting new potential clients and getting networking opportunities with other businesses.
“We have been attending Procurex events for a while now, and we come back because the event attracts many people wanting to build their businesses with extra services and support – things that we can help them with.”

Procurex Scotland Live 2015 promises to be just as exciting and engaging an event for all buyers and suppliers. Further details of what is sure to be a major highlight in next year’s procurement calendar will be published on the Government Opportunities (GO) website shortly.

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