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Monday January 18th, 2010

By Morven MacNeil, GO Features Editor

For public and private sector buyers, Procurex National 2010 is the year’s must-attend event.

Many key decision makers at all stages of the supply chain are expected to be at Procurex National, a free to attend event which will take place on 9-10 March 2010 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

Attending Procurex National 2010 will offer all buyers from the public and private sectors a unique opportunity to maximise the benefits of their purchasing functions and engage directly with the supplier community.

The Pre-Budget Report 2009 recently announced new efficiencies and reforms across the public sector, including £11 billion of savings to be made by 2012-13 through smarter government, for example through rationalising arm’s length bodies and making greater use of online systems to provide advice and information to the public. Public sector buyers attending Procurex National 2010 will be offered expert advice on helping to meet the latest efficiency challenges.

Visitors will have the opportunity to attend a variety of free training workshops, allowing you to harness best procurement practice and impact positively upon your organisation’s bottom line. Procurex National 2010 will offer three free skills Training Zones in which workshops will run over the course of the event, providing delegates with hands-on guidance and information on a wide variety of procurement and business development topics.

Each training session will act as a 20-minute taster on a hot topic within public sector procurement – tailored either for those working within the field or for suppliers looking to learn more about tendering for public sector contracts. For buyers, Procurex National 2010 will feature essential training on the implications of the revised EU Remedies Directive, as well as guidance on a range of other issues.

At Procurex National 2010, the first one-stop-shop for all buyers interested in harnessing efficiency savings and endorsing smart procurement, buyers from across the pan-government and private sector markets will converge to view an exhibition of the latest products/services. The exhibition will provide a platform for suppliers to promote their capabilities and maximise commercial opportunities.

Alongside the exhibition, Procurex National 2010 will host two dedicated public and private sector conference streams. Each conference is designed to provide delegates with a unique insight into the current challenges facing procurement. Each conference stream will be addressed by a number of high-calibre speakers, allowing delegates to listen to and understand all the latest thinking across the public and private sector.

Speakers confirmed so far include Andy Hancox, Director, Improvement & Efficiency West Midlands; David Frost, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce; and Jim Johnston, Business Manager, 2010 Games, Advantage West Midlands.

Karren Brady, Alan Sugar’s new right-hand woman and Business Woman of the Year 2007, will give a keynote address. She was Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club and iwas the youngest Managing Director of a PLC in the UK and is to replace Margaret Mountford in The Apprentice in the forthcoming series six.

After discussing her latest book Playing to Win, which is about successful women in business, Ms Brady will provide delegates with vital tips on how to maximise their supply chains and how to succeed given the latest efficiency challenges.

Attending Procurex National 2010 will provide you with the opportunity to engage directly with a range of suppliers who can offer innovative solutions to your procurement needs. The event will also be an occasion to meet with other buyers, purchasing consortia and procurement experts to share ideas – allowing you to ensure that you are using all the tools available to you to streamline your purchasing activity.

Procurex National 2010 is organised by BiP Solutions, a leading provider of supply chain solutions. For further information, please visit:

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