Procurement Week – Big Public Sector Event in London (not Bangor …)

How Bangor University in Wales comes to be running one of the biggest and best public sector procurement events in Europe is a long and interesting story, but Procurement Week this year breaks the mould as it is being held in London, not Wales. It’s at The Crystal in Docklands (where Basware held their conference last November) – a very interesting venue in its own right.

Form March 21st – 23rd, a wide and interesting range of speakers will cover a host of topics with relevance to public sector buyers, policy makers, suppliers and other interested parties.

Andrew Cox is one of the keynote speakers; he does not make many appearances in the UK these days, spending much of his time abroad, so that is a real coup for the organisers. Cox is one of the most important procurement academics, writers and influencers of the generation, and his work on power in the supply chain is truly seminal. His sessions are always provoking as well as fascinating, so if you get the chance to hear him, you really should consider going along.

The themes for the three days are as follows …

21st March – SOS!! Rescuing a Procurement Crisis!

What do you do if your major procurement project or contract is going wrong? Speakers including crisis experts, lawyers and practitioners give their advice on how to recover the situation.


22nd March - Procuring a Connected Living: The Internet of Things

The day is actually somewhat broader than that heading suggests, but the theme is definitely around technology, related to the public sector and to procurement.


23rd March – Rewriting the Public Procurement Playbook

Scope for some different aspects of public procurement during this day - new rules, laws, processes, procedures and strategies, but all centred on making public procurement more successful!


In the past, the event was free to public sector practitioners but there is now a small charge, however, £289 for the three days is negligible compared to most commercial conferences and should prove excellent value for money.  Or only £399 to include all three evening events too – in our experience, that social programme also gives attendees an excellent opportunity for networking across the very diverse and interesting delegate population.

More details are here ….

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