Procurement Week at Bangor University – a great line-up of speakers and the Welsh Procurement Awards

We’ve got a few interesting events to promote this week.

Let’s start with the Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies (ICPS), based in the Law School  at Bangor University in Wales. They’re holding their annual Procurement Week from March 18th to 22nd and they have put together  an impressive range of sessions and  events.

Our mission is to produce evidence-based world class research, in order to influence the uptake of innovative public procurement policies and practices and remove the barriers preventing small indigenous suppliers (SISs) from engaging efficiently and effectively in the public procurement process”.

Actually, it is a truly amazing line up of speakers – just as a quick sample, it includes people from Aarhus University in Denmark, Leipzig University, the University of Missouri, the Brazilian Ministry of Finance, the anti-monopoly service of the Russian Federation – it really is an extraordinarily broad and interesting range of people, and I take my hat off to the folk who organise this. It’s a real achievement for a University on the North Wales coast, not exactly at the centre of the procurement universe, you might think, but a demonstration of what can be achieved with hard work and vision.

Here is the day by day programme:

Monday 18th: Procurement Research: Changing Policy with Better Research

Tuesday 19th : Tender Review Workshop: How Knowing your Weakness Makes you Stronger

Wednesday 20th: Procuring the World’s Goods and Services BRIC by BRIC: Crossing Continents

Thursday 21th: Innovation and the Changing Landscape of Procurement

Friday 22nd: Public Procurement Law: Emerging Legal Practice and Changing Patterns

The social highlight of the week is the Welsh National Procurement Awards, held at the Deganwy Quay, Conwy on the evening of 22nd March 2013. I’m afraid you’ve missed the deadline for applying now as a potential award winner, but there may still be places available at the dinner - I’m sure it will be a great evening.

For the second year running, I’ve had to give sincere and genuine apologies that I can’t make it - 2014 perhaps?  Hope it’s a great success anyway!

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