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Saturday August 22nd, 2009

By Morven MacNeil, GO Features Editor

There is still time for buyers and suppliers in Scotland to register for an exhibition which will showcase a host of business opportunities for both sectors.

Procurex Scotland 2009, organised by BiP Solutions, a leading provider of supply chain solutions, will be held at the SECC, Glasgow on 28 and 29 October. Supported by the Scottish Government and Scotland’s leading business associations, the event will help delegates develop new partnerships and maximise opportunities for business growth.

Scotland’s public sector spend alone is £8 billion, and since the publication of the McClelland Review of Public Procurement in Scotland in 2006 there has been a concerted effort to drive forward change in Scottish public procurement practice. This led in 2008 to the creation of the Centres of Expertise, aimed at further professionalising the field. They include Procurement Scotland, Scotland Excel, the Central Government Centre of Procurement Expertise (CGCoPE), NHS National Services Scotland and Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC). These centres are setting up major contracts for their respective sectors and the Scottish public sector as a whole.

John F McClelland CBE, author of the procurement review, said: “This impressive network can be seen operating at its best at the annual Procurex event, where attendance levels certainly confirm the new priority being given to procurement within the public sector. So whether it’s understanding policy, learning about new developments, benchmarking with peers or meeting buyers or suppliers – this is a great opportunity to experience at first hand the fast-growing momentum of reform in Scottish public procurement.”

Procurex Scotland 2009 will also be co-located with two major conferences:

The Scottish Government Fifth National Public Procurement Conference

28 October – SECC, Glasgow

The Scottish Government Fifth National Public Procurement Conference will be the official leading forum for discussion and networking for public sector procurement personnel in Scotland.

The McClelland reform programme is moving forward and this event will provide an update at policy and sectoral levels of the progress made so far. Delegates will also have an invaluable opportunity to meet colleagues from across all areas of the public sector and to hear presentations from many leading procurement practitioners.

The conference will be chaired by Brian Taylor, Political Editor at BBC Scotland. Delegates will hear a keynote address from John Swinney MSP, Cabinet

Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, who will be joined by Colin Maclean,

Non Executive Director at the Scottish Futures Trust and Alan Boyd, Director of Public Law at McGrigors LLP.

The Government Opportunities (GO) Scottish Business Summit

29 October – SECC, Glasgow

The unpredictability of the current economic climate means that there has never been a more important time to look for new business opportunities and build your knowledge of current and forthcoming initiatives that may be able to benefit your organisation.

The GO Scottish Business Summit will bring together representatives from businesses and organisations of all sizes from across Scotland, who will share their understanding and experience in relation to building and developing successful business strategies. Speakers include Michelle Mone, founder and co-owner of MJM International; Raymond O’Hare, Director, Microsoft Scotland; and Liz Cameron, Chief Executive, Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

Also taking place on the first evening of Procurex Scotland are the GO Awards Scotland 2009.

GO Awards Scotland

28 October – Crowne Plaza, Glasgow

Launched last year, the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland, organised by BiP Solutions, are the only awards dedicated to public procurement in the region. The event builds upon the success of the National GO Awards, which are recognised as the UK’s leading public procurement awards. The after dinner speaker this year is impressionist Rory Bremner.

GO is the only magazine in the UK dedicated to public procurement, so when it gives an award, it does so on the basis of in-depth knowledge of the marketplace.

The GO Awards Scotland 2009 categories are:

GO Sustainability Award

GO Corporate Social Responsibility Award

GO Healthcare Supplier Award

GO Best Service Award

GO / John F McClelland Collaborative Procurement Award

GO Individual Excellence Award

GO Team Excellence Award

GO Outstanding Contribution Award

The inaugural Procurex Scotland 2008 event saw over 3000 key decision makers discuss procurement strategies and establish new supply chain contacts to facilitate a wealth of commercial needs. Procurex Scotland 2009 will feature over 100 suppliers working within Scotland and across the UK. From SMEs through to international blue-chip organisations, the stage is set for Scotland’s largest supplier showcase.

As well as the conference streams, the event will offer three training zones, which will run continuously throughout both days. The free to attend workshops will help attendees from both the public and private sectors enhance their knowledge base in relation to the latest marketplace drivers and developments.

For further information, or to register free today, please visit: www.procurexscotland.co.uk

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