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BiP Solutions launches new report examining the key themes to emerge in defence

BiP Solutions launches new report examining the key themes to emerge in defence procurement

Today, BiP Solutions is pleased to launch Procurement in Defence: Key Themes and Trends 2019.  The market report examines defence opportunities, the MOD’s efforts to improve industrial engagement, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO)’s commercial transformation and the drive for innovation across the sector. The report follows on the heels of Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) 2019, which took place at the end of March.

The event, held across a single day, drew a record attendance as over 1500 visitors made their way to Farnborough to engage within a marketplace valued at over £20 billion annually.

From DPRTE 2019, it was clear that the opportunities available in the defence marketplace are significant and that improving engagement with the supply chain and the drive for innovation would continue to be key themes for the defence industry.

This report considers defence opportunities, examines the key themes to emerge from the event and features insights from Jim Carter, Commercial Director, Supply Chain, MOD; Jacqui Rock, Commercial Director, Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and Dr Lucy Mason, Head of the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA).

Mr Carter said of the MOD’s plans to improve supplier engagement:

The MOD is the largest procurement organisation in central government. We manage some of the most complex and technologically advanced requirements in the world.

One of our key messages is that we are going to need a deeper collaboration with our supply chain and be ever more demanding.

The report also provides the opportunity to read an in-depth review of DPRTE 2019 including a look at highlights from the Keynote Arena, the five Knowledge Transfer Zones and seven Networking & Collaboration Zones.

To read the report in full, please access your personal copy here.

To find out more about our solutions, please visit: www.bipsolutions.com

Building connections at the UK Infrastructure Show

Bigger and better than ever before, on 30th April the UK Infrastructure Show was back at the NEC, Birmingham for its third year.

The UK’s leading infrastructure and supply chain event was once again a roaring success, connecting buyers and suppliers on the main stage of the sector.

This year, the event combined with the UK Public Sector Expo and Procurex National, with UKIS2019 seeing 1,400 delegates enjoying over 30 free training sessions, five speakers in the Keynote Arena, six Public Sector Solutions Live speakers, four Networking & Collaboration Zones, a Product Showcase Exhibition and the wealth of knowledge demonstrated in the four skills development zones throughout the event.

With over £600bn and 700 projects on the National Infrastructure Pipeline, the show had a huge range of information and opportunities on offer from some of the biggest names and projects within the infrastructure arena.

Infrastructure has been one of the better performers for the construction industry throughout this unsettled political and economic period, as reflected in the attendance numbers and buoyancy amongst the infrastructure community.

The Keynote stage

The Keynote stage, hosting some of the major players in the infrastructure sector, was the focus of the event. A very popular area of the show, at times it was standing room only as people jostled to hear the latest from the National Infrastructure Commission, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, HS2, the Department for Transport and Scape Procure.

Chaired by Stephen Kinnell of supply chain specialists CompeteFor, key themes coming through the informative keynote speeches were the need for collaboration, innovation and a long-term joined-up approach.

First up, Phil Graham, Chief Executive of the National Infrastructure Commission, addressed the audience. He discussed how important infrastructure is to the country, as a key driver of the economy and improver of change.

Phil Graham from National Infrastructure Commission

Matthew Vickerstaff, Interim Chief Executive of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, followed, discussing how delivery of the National Infrastructure Pipeline will be achieved, looking at strategic investment, infrastructure priorities, and the challenges in improving infrastructure performance.

An informative session from Mark Howard, HS2 Chief Engineer, was up next. As Europe’s biggest infrastructure project currently underway, HS2 is a flagship for the infrastructure sector. Mr Howard told the packed room, that up to this point, the amount of track already built equals half the length of the UK – giving us some idea of the huge undertaking this project is.

Once again, the theme of collaboration and a joined up approach was key, with the support of organisations such as the Midlands Engine and Northern Powerhouse crucial to successful delivery.

The next session was held by Catherine de Marco, Deputy Director Infrastructure, Skills and Efficiency at Department for Transport. Ms de Marco focused on the issues of skilled labour and the requirement for new, technology-minded individuals to be enticed into the construction, transport and infrastructure sectors.

Last to the podium was Adrian Hill, Acting Director of Frameworks at Scape Procure. An appropriate close to the arena, the essence of Scape Procure and Mr Hill’s address was to remind the audience that with all infrastructure projects, we are not just investing in the projects, but communities.

Attendees heard again, how collaboration, fair payment, continual improvement and adoption of new technologies and innovations was vital for the sector to ensure economic benefits from the investments.

Subsector zones

The excitement didn’t end with the keynote arena – the floor was host to many exhibitors, showcasing new trends, technologies and innovations to a captive audience.

Two zones, specifically designed to highlight the growing subsectors within infrastructure, were also available to delegates.

In Zone 1, The Energy and Social Infrastructure zone, attendees heard from a range of specialists and suppliers working in the sector.

Over in Zone 2, Transport, sessions from some of the leading figures in infrastructure development in the West Midlands spoke to a lively audience.

Next steps

We would like to thank all delegates, visitors, partners, sponsors and exhibitors at UKIS for helping to make such a successful show and representing an industry with huge potential for growth and development.

To register your interest or to discuss booking your 2020 exhibition or sponsorship package, click here.

 

“One of the greatest showcases for innovation”: Procurex National 2019

The UK’s premier public procurement showcase, Procurex National 2019, took place at the NEC, Birmingham on 30 April, welcoming over 1400 delegates from both the public and private sectors. Across the four Skills Development Zones and the Public Sector Solutions Live Stage, attendees were able to enjoy a wealth of training sessions, talks by subject matter experts from all areas of the procurement landscape, and product showcases.

Public Sector Solutions Live

The Public Sector Solutions Live Stage saw keynote talks from six leading experts in procurement representing the public, private and third sectors. The first speaker, Malcolm Harrison, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), stressed the need for social value at every stage of the supply chain. Mr Harrison warned against the misconception that social value is only important in local government procurement, as it is now equally important to central government in many countries across the world and in the private sector too.

You can still deliver value for money while embracing social value and the local economy agenda” – Malcolm Harrison, CEO, CIPS

The theme of social value continued in keynote talks from Mark Roberts and Claire Smart. Mr Roberts, Continuous Commercial Improvement Director at the Cabinet Office, emphasised: “A number of organisations – not just in the public sector – are stressing the need for social value. This is something we need to learn about from a variety of stakeholders.” Ms Smart, Procurement Director for the National Trust, spoke about the lessons that the charity sector and the public sector can learn from each other in procurement. Ms Smart highlighted that while many working in public procurement may find legislation such as OJEU restrictive, the absence of such rules for the charity sector can prove difficult: “Rules can distract, but they also professionalise.”

Talks from David Brown, Project Director of Online Marketplace for Dubai Expo 2020, and Adam Stewart, Regional Manager, UK Public Sector for Google Cloud, gave delegates the chance to learn more about these two innovative digital services.

The final keynote talk of the day was delivered by Simon Tse, Chief Executive of the Crown Commercial Service (CCS). Mr Tse began his talk by saying: “Procurex continues to be one of the greatest showcases for the innovation that drives public service. It offers tremendous opportunities for us all to collaborate.”

Mr Tse’s wide-ranging talk addressed areas such as the strategic goals of CCS, the balance between social value and financial savings, and the differing challenges faced by larger organisations and SMEs.

Market Support and Engagement Zone

This year at Procurex National’s Market Support and Engagement Zone delegates were given their very own ‘Passport to Early Engagement’ – as well as a complimentary BiP-branded flight pillow.

The teams on stand (Supply2Gov, Cyber Essentials, Tracker Intelligence, and Media & Marketing Solutions) were there to direct public procurement professionals to the solutions that can help their organisations to fly high.

‘Flyers’ were also given the chance to mix business and pleasure as the stand hosted a ‘paper planes’ UX competition, with the winner grabbing an experience day prize.

GO Excellence in Public Sector Procurement Live Stage

The afternoon saw several of the finalists for the evening’s UK National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2019/20 interviewed ahead of the evening’s gala Awards presentation. Representatives of finalist organisations including Scan4Safety, the Bank of England, iHELP and the Department for International Development described what prompted their procurement exercises, some of the unique challenges they faced, and their excitement about the possibility of winning an award.

David Smith, chair of the GO Awards judging panel, told the gathered nominees that “procurement people are probably the most important in any organisation.” After the interviews, every finalist was presented with a certificate announcing their nomination.

What’s next?

PH4 England is happening on 4 July 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham.

Register interest or contact us today to discuss booking your 2019 exhibition or sponsorship package asap.

UK National GO Awards 2019/20

Celebrating the best in public procurement from across the UK, this year’s National GO Awards took place on 30th April at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham.  The event brought together winners from the GO Awards Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over the last 12 months with new entrants for a night of festivities and sharing of best practice, leadership and innovation.

The glittering black-tie event was hosted by TV presenter Sarah Heaney, and gave finalists to share their success stories and have their achievements recognised.

The event also saw an official opening address from Simon Tse, the Chief Executive of the Crown Commercial Service, who stressed the need to celebrate the sometimes under-appreciated wider importance of procurement in the UK.

This year there were 16 categories, plus the GO Excellence Award, with many categories from previous years split to recognise different types of organisation. This testifies to both the quantity and quality of entries. The judging panel, made up of experts in the field of procurement, stressed that this year’s batch of entries was among the strongest ever, with chair of the judging panel David Smith commenting that:

I believe the standard of the awards has improved greatly over the years. The winners in the categories this year are as good if not better than any other year.

See some of the highlights of the evening here:

GO Awards presentation

Although many of the evening’s winners and highly commended entrants represented previously recognised entries from the GO Awards Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, there were also many winners from among the new entrants. A full list of winners and highly commended entrants is below – congratulations to them all!

GO Social and Community Benefit in Procurement Award – Local Authority, Consortia and Housing

Winner: Liverpool City Council
Highly Commended: Tai Tarian

Liverpool Council – clearly pleased to have won!

GO Social and Community Benefit in Procurement Award – Other Organisations

Winner: Department for Infrastructure, Graham Farrans Joint Venture & AECOM
Highly Commended: Scottish Government – SG Procurement, Contract Management and Capability Team

GO Best Service Award – Micro and Small Businesses and Third Sector Organisations

Winner: Ingenica Solutions & Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Highly Commended: AdviseInc Ltd.

GO Best Service Award – Medium & Large Organisations

Winner: Warmworks Scotland
Highly Commended: Hays & Birmingham City Council

GO Procurement Innovation of the Year Award – Taking the procurement function forward – Health and Social Care

Winner: Scan4Safety & the Department of Health and Social Care
Highly Commended: Angus Council / Angus Health and Social Care Partnership
Highly Commended: Leicestershire County Council

GO Procurement Innovation of the Year Award – Taking the procurement function forward – Health and Social Care (NHS Organisations)

Winner: University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust & Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Highly Commended: NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit & NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group
Highly Commended: NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support & NHS England

GO Procurement Innovation of the Year Award – Taking the procurement function forward – Local Government, Central Government and Other Organisations

Winner: Kent Police & Essex Police
Highly Commended: Kirklees Council

GO Infrastructure Project of the Year

Winner: Transport Scotland – Forth Replacement Crossing

GO Procurement Leadership of the Year Award – Local Government & Other Organisations

Winner: North Yorkshire County Council
Highly Commended: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

GO Procurement Leadership of the Year Award – Central Government & Healthcare Organisations

Winner: Bank of England
Highly Commended: Office of National Statistics

GO Procurement Project of the Year Award (sub-£20m value)

Winner: Renfrewshire Council
Highly Commended: Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, North West Shared Infrastructure Service and others

GO Procurement Project of the year award (above £20m value) – Local Government and Consortia

Winner: North Lincolnshire Council
Highly Commended: NEPO

GO Procurement Project of the year award (above £20m value) – Other Organisations

Winner: Translink
Highly Commended: Department for International Development
Highly Commended: North of England Commissioning Support Unit & NHS England (Specialised Commissioning, North Region)

GO Emerging Procurement Talent Award

Joint Winner: Leidos Supply Limited
Joint Winner: Cardiff Council

GO Procurement Team of the Year Award – Health and Social Care Organisations

Winner: NHS Scotland National Procurement Equipping Sourcing Team, working with NSS Health Facilities Scotland Equipping Team
Highly Commended: Procurement and Logistics Service (a subsidiary of the Business Services Organisation) partnering with all Health and Social Care Trusts & the Department of Health

GO Procurement Team of the Year Award – Local Government, Central Government and Other Organisations

Winner: Kirklees Council
Highly Commended: Network Homes
Highly Commended: North Yorkshire County Council

GO Excellence Award

Unlike other awards, the GO Excellence award cannot be entered. Instead, the nominations for this award were revealed on the evening of the ceremony, comprising a list of five of the overall strongest entries from across this year’s winning entrants, as decided by the expert judging panel.

The GO Excellence Award this year went to the team from Scan4Safety & the Department for Health and Social Care. The judging panel described this entry as

a major league project for a major league organisation – delivering significant benefits in a host of areas: efficiency, safety and cost management to name just three. A project that has required huge effort to coordinate, with an impressive list of benefits achieved and evidence of sharing of best practice.

Congratulations to the Scan4Safety team!

The GO Awards – next steps

While this year’s National GO Awards presentation may be over, check the GO Awards website over the coming weeks to learn more about the fascinating and inspiring stories behind some of the winning and highly commended entries.

In addition, the GO Awards Scotland 2019/20 will take place on 29th October with the GO Awards Wales following on 7th November. The entry process will begin soon – so why not share your procurement success story?

GO Awards Northern Ireland 2019/20

Northern Irish finalists took to the stage at the prestigious GO Awards Northern Ireland 2019/20 event at the Titanic Hotel Belfast on 13 March 2019, to celebrate the people behind the country’s procurement success.

Many success stories were shared on the day by the host, BBC journalist Holly Hamilton, as she guided guests through the afternoon of presentations.

Leadership Merit Award

Holly kicked off the event by announcing a surprise Merit award for Leadership, which Gus MacKenzie from Procurex Ireland presented to NI Water.

The NI Water team was recognised for their work on “The Commercial Excellence Portfolio” – one of the six business change portfolios created by NI Water – which has been established to deliver £17m annual opex and £17m annual capex efficiencies by the end of March 2021.

A huge amount of work is going into this initiative and the GO Awards judges believed that the event was the perfect platform to recognise NI Water for their efforts.

GO Awards Presentation

This year, the judging panel selected winners and highly commended entrants from organisations across Northern Ireland.

Those recognised have gone above and beyond normal standards in public procurement to make real differences to the quality of public services in Northern Ireland.

The full list of winners can be seen below:

GO Procurement Project of the Year

Winner: Translink Fleet Procurement

GO Innovation / Initiative of the Year

Highly Commended: Barclay Communications

Winner: Construction and Procurement Delivery (Supplies & Services Division)

GO Procurement Team of the Year

Highly Commended: Construction & Procurement Delivery (CPD) – Procurement Operations Branch

Winner: Procurement & Logistics Service (a subsidiary of the Business Services Organisation) partnering with all Health and Social Care Trusts and the Department of Health

GO Buy Social/Sustainable Procurement – Construction

Highly Commended: Kevin Watson Group (KWG)

Winner: Department for Infrastructure, Graham Farrans Joint Venture, AECOM.

GO Buy Social/Sustainable Procurement – Services

Highly Commended: Countryside Services Ltd

Winner: Translink and Sword Security

GO Excellence Award

The GO Awards Northern Ireland Excellence Award is unlike all other categories, as it cannot be entered. This category recognises the very best overall submission drawn from each of the winners in this year’s Awards and the winner is chosen by the judges.

Taking home the unique GO Excellence Award was the Procurement & Logistics Service (a subsidiary of the Business Services Organisation) partnering with all Health and Social Care Trusts and the Department of Health. When presenting the Award. Holly noted that:

“the winner of the GO Awards Northern Ireland Excellence Award demonstrated an outstanding example of effective, collaborative and high-quality procurement and is well deserving of this prestigious recognition. We believe this submission, like our other winners this afternoon, will stand every chance of further success at the UK National GO Awards in April.”

Highlights

You can watch our video detailing the highlights of the event here:

National GO Awards

Entry is now closed for this year’s UK National GO Awards; however, all regional GO Awards winners are fast-tracked as finalists into the UK National GO Awards 2019/20, which will take place on 30 April 2019 at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham.

To find out more visit the UK National GO Awards website.

Our thanks again to our headline sponsor Lyreco, and our category sponsors Buy Social and Farrans.

 

DPRTE 2019 champions innovation by bringing the defence community together

MOD at dprte

On Thursday 28 March the UK’s leading defence procurement and supply chain event, DPRTE, which is supported by the Ministry of Defence, took place at Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre.

The 2019 event reflected the diversity and profile of the defence supply chain and the UK’s position as a leader within this sector.

The event has received excellent feedback from delegates, presenters and exhibitors alike, and we are pleased to announce that DPRTE will be back in April 2020.

Learn more about the day below!

 

Driving defence innovation forward

Simon Burges, Chief Executive Officer at BiP Solutions, was delighted with the attendance at this year’s event as DPRTE welcomed over 1500 key decision makers from across the defence procurement and supply chain marketplace. Post-event, Mr Burges said:

“DPRTE plays a vital role in supporting collaboration and innovation across a hugely diverse set of requirements, within areas such as technology, equipment, support and infrastructure.”

The event’s Keynote Arena welcomed an impressive line-up, with speakers from several defence organisations:

  • Jim Carter – Commercial Director, Supply Chain, MOD
  • Dr Lucy Mason – Head of the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)
  • Jacqui Rock – Commercial Director, Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO)
  • Tracy Buckingham – Head of Operations and Security Exports, DIT DSO

After a packed-out morning in the Keynote Arena, industry thought leaders were also joined by Jason Fox from Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins.

Jason gave an inspiring talk about his own military experience, and before arriving at his Keynote session he visited the Defence Engagement Hub to take part in BiP’s VR Challenge… unluckily for him, he was not our tournament winner!

jason fox

Supporting the defence supply chain

The defence supply chain is a vital and growing part of the UK economy. It directly and indirectly supports thousands of skilled jobs across the entire country, creating income that in turn underpins the delivery of a wide range of public services.

Mr Carter spoke about ‘Improving MOD’s Industrial Engagement’ during his session in the Keynote Arena, and give an overview of the MOD’s journey towards Strategic Partnerships. He also discussed how the organisation wants to make it easier for suppliers to do business with defence.

During his Keynote session he said:

“Harnessing the innovation of SMEs is absolutely critical. To have the best military capability we need that diversity of input. Innovation is really high on our customer’s agenda and we need to find a way as a commercial organisation to engage with a wide range of SMEs and bring them into our supply chain.”

Over the next decade the MOD is committed to spending over £178bn on equipment and support.

Networking and development

This year DPRTE hosted five unique Knowledge Transfer Zones, each designed to increase the knowledge and skills of both buyers and suppliers at the event. Spread across the conference hall were the following zones:

  • Technology & Innovation
  • Supply Chain & Partnering
  • Buyer Excellence in Procurement
  • Export & Business Growth
  • Doing Business with the US DoD

Speaking in the Supply Chain & Partnering Zone about the Crown Commercial Service’s collaboration with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation was David Wharton, Head of Account Management at CCS.

David said that his session gave him the opportunity to gain feedback from clients and gave them the opportunity to put their questions to him directly. Speaking to the DPRTE content team, he said:

“It is often very difficult to have all of your suppliers in the one place but here at DPRTE you get to hear of innovations that you wouldn’t normally hear of at a normal market engagement event.

“It is also really useful that the defence supply and buying communities have pulled together to help each other understand more about requirements on both sides of the fence.” 

Early engagement opportunities

DPRTE aims to bring the defence buyer and supplier communities together, and this year it was achieved on an international level!

Hundreds of suppliers had the opportunity to meet with buyers from each of the UK’s frontline commands as well as members of the US and Australian defence departments – making the event one of the best yet for defence networking opportunities.

DPRTE does not only benefit suppliers that are looking for opportunities in the defence sector, but is also vital to organisations like the UK Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) that are always looking for innovative ideas and suppliers to work with.

Dr Lucy Mason, Head of DASA, spoke to the DPRTE content team after delivering her keynote session about her experience at the event. She noted:

“We are really keen to be here at DPRTE; these kinds of event are crucial to allow government and industry to cooperate and work together, get together and network – which is always really valuable!”

Dr Mason has plans for continued growth in DASA and says that the organisation is looking for businesses in the defence marketplace that need support with innovation. She encourages these businesses to reach out to DASA.

Join us at DPRTE 2020

The main focus of the DPRTE event is to showcase research and technological developments that can be used to benefit society.

Grahame Steed, Director of Business Intelligence & e-Sourcing at BiP Solutions, is excited about the future of DPRTE. He said:

“At a time of increased and emerging threats to the UK, the defence supply chain helps to protect our interests at home and abroad – in addition to driving valuable research and innovation in areas such as cyber security, biometrics and life sciences.”

If you would like to join us at DPRTE 2020, the event will take place on 1 April at Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Your business can also invest in the development of new and existing business opportunities by participating in this important event. Contact us today to discuss booking your 2020 exhibition or sponsorship package – call 0845 270 7066 or email exhibitions@dprte.co.uk.

Thank you to our DPRTE 2019 sponsors: RPAS Service, Commerce Decisions, Dell Technologies, NetApp, Farnborough International Airshow, CDS Defence Support, CAPTEC, Miele, KME and Scotwork.

Collaboration is key – the main message from P4H Scotland 2019

P4H Scotland 2019 brought together over 700 key decision makers from across Scotland’s NHS procurement marketplace to Edinburgh in March.

The event, which was officially supported by NHS National Services Scotland (NHS NSS), championed collaboration between buyers and suppliers and encouraged conversations on how teams can work together to collectively achieve more for patients.

Feedback from stakeholders and delegates who attended this event has been excellent as many of the sessions provided were incredibly well received. We now look forward to our English P4H event in July!

Did you miss P4H Scotland 2019? Learn more about this event and NHS NSS plans below.

NHS National Procurement

P4H Scotland’s official partner NHS National Procurement is Scotland’s largest procurement body, buying and supplying the myriad items that keep Scotland’s hospitals running.

The organisation works across the healthcare sector, reaching out to partners that have shared innovative ideas which can help the NHS to grow and drive forward added value and benefits for service users.

Martin Street, Strategic Sourcing Director at NHS National Procurement joined suppliers and many other NHS employees at the P4H event. Mr Street has been working hard during his time at National Procurement to support the needs of patient care by thinking more innovatively, sustainably and compassionately.

Events like P4H Scotland can support this by bringing the buyer and supplier communities together. When asked by the P4H content team why it was important for his organisation to attend events like P4H, Mr Street said:

“Having senior presence from NHS Scotland National Procurement really shows that we understand value and want to invest time with our suppliers to take things forward”.

Procurement plays a big part in supporting the quality of a patient’s experience of care and the discussions which took place at the event indicate there is considerable opportunity out there for suppliers and industry innovators.

“Supporting Scotland’s health and care priorities”

Alongside the Product Showcase Exhibition, a wealth of knowledge was demonstrated in the three training zones at the event, where 20 training sessions took place, covering everything from cyber security to bid writing.

At the heart of the event was the Keynote Arena, where Colin Sinclair, Chief Executive at NHS NSS, was the first of six keynote speakers. He gave delegates an overview of the NSS operating landscape and set out NHS Scotland’s immediate priorities:

  • mental health
  • waiting times
  • health and social care integration

Mr Sinclair said that NHS National Services Scotland wants to enable people who live and work in Scotland to live longer, healthier lives at home or in a homely setting but to do this they must find the right partners.

Collaboration was a key theme throughout all the Keynote Arena sessions. Focusing on this area, Mr Sinclair urged suppliers in the audience to think about what they could offer the healthcare procurement market. He discussed the challenges that NHS NSS faced and how the organisation would tackle them, noting that NHS NSS cannot do it alone:

“Our supply partners are fundamental to the delivery of our services and to the ability for the NHS in Scotland to provide excellent care.

So, thank you – but here is a challenge.

What more could you do?

What more could we do?”

“The Pledge”

Jim Miller, Director of Procurement Commissioning and Facilities at NHS Scotland, also spoke in the Keynote Arena. He spoke in depth about trust between buyers and suppliers, noting that the “five C’s” – credibility, competency, consistency, commitment and creativity – are considered throughout the decision-making process and are all factors that NHS Scotland considers when adding suppliers to its frameworks.

To achieve these “five Cs”, Mr Miller understands that both communities must work together and to this end he pledged that he will begin scope for a supplier development programme and meet with a key supplier every month to help build on these relationships.

As part of this “pledge” he also plans to attend and support the running of P4H Scotland 2020. Speaking to the P4H content team, Mr Miller said:

“I love supporting this event, I think it’s one of the few opportunities where we can be health-specific in our conversations…

It’s the second year that we have done it, I hope to be able to say it’s the third year we have done it next year, I think it’s really important”

Event highlights

Our post-event highlights video has just been released! BiP Solutions would like to thank all our event partners, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and delegates for making P4H Scotland 2019 such a great event.

BiP Solutions is delighted to announce that P4H Scotland will be held again in Edinburgh on 22 April 2020. We look forward to seeing you all next year!

Visit the P4H Scotland website: www.p4hscotland.co.uk

Business Growth in a Post-Brexit world

Many businesses may feel it is difficult to prepare for the coming months without knowing what will change on or after 29th March. Although the date the United Kingdom was scheduled to leave the European Union is fast approaching, it may seem that there is still relatively little certainty as to what Brexit means – either politically, or for business.

However, there are many areas of opportunity available to businesses regardless of the outcome of the coming weeks’ political decisions. Drawing on our 35 years of experience in public procurement, BiP Solutions have produced a new guidance document, ‘Opportunities and Trends for Business Growth in a Post-Brexit World.’ Drawing on recent announcements from the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, current guidance about the various possible outcomes for Brexit, and our expert knowledge of industry trends, the seven-page guidance document covers key areas that are set to provide multiple opportunities, both in the UK and across the world, over the months ahead.

Grahame Steed, Business Intelligence and e-Sourcing Director at BiP Solutions, said:

While the UK’s exit from the EU is creating a degree of uncertainty for businesses, the growth potential provided by the public sector at home and internationally remains vast. Now is the time to focus on identifying the right opportunities within this multi-billion pound sector, and engaging with the right organisations to ensure they are aware of what businesses can do to solve their challenges.

Read and download the latest guidance on upcoming trends and opportunities by clicking here.

To learn more about how BiP Solutions can help your business access opportunities in a range of sectors, visit www.bipsolutions.com.

UK National GO Awards finalists announced

UK National GO Awards logo

The finalists for the UK National GO Awards have been announced.

Celebrating the best in all aspects of public procurement, the UK National GO Awards presentation ceremony will take place at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham on 30th April. The standard of entries this year was very high, so we would like to extend our congratulations to all nominees, and thank everyone who entered.

All entries have been reviewed by our judging panel comprised of experts from across UK procurement. You can learn more about the judges here. We would like to thank all members of the panel for their time.

The full list of finalists is as follows:

GO Best Service Award – Medium and Large Organisations

  • Lyreco
  • Warmworks Scotland
  • Crown Commercial Service
  • NHS Shared Business Services
  • Hays and Birmingham City Council
  • EDF Energy, CCS, SP, TEC and NEPO
  • GRI

GO Best Service Award – Micro and Small Businesses and Third Sector Organisations

  • Re-Tek
  • AdviseInc Ltd.
  • NHS Shared Business Services
  • Ingenica Solutions and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cadence Innova Ltd

GO Emerging Procurement Talent Award

  • Leidos Supply Limited
  • Cardiff Council
  • Scotland Excel

GO Infrastructure Project of the Year Award
Sponsored by Site Diary

  • Milton Keynes Council
  • Transport for Wales, Infrastructure Advisory UK Ltd, Steer and Mott McDonald
  • Transport Scotland:  A737 Dalry Bypass Project
  • Transport Scotland: A9 Dualling: Kincraig to Dalraddy
  • Transport Scotland: Forth Replacement Crossing

GO Procurement Innovation of the Year Award – Taking the procurement function forward – Health and Social Care
Sponsored by Blue Badger

  • CPD
  • Clonallon Laboratories Ltd
  • Angus Council/Angus Health & Social Care Partnership
  • Leicester City Council and Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Thames Valley Police
  • Leicestershire County Council
  • London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • North Lincolnshire Council
  • Scan4Safety, Department of Health and Social Care

GO Procurement Innovation of the Year Award – Taking the procurement function forward – NHS Health and Social Care
Sponsored by Blue Badger

  • Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS Wales Informatics Service
  • Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and North West Shared Infrastructure Service and others
  • NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit
  • University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust and Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  • NHS Lancashire Procurement Cluster
  • The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Managed Service for the Provision of Digital Transformation Solutions
  • The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: On-site Surgical and Medical Capacity Solutions
  • South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw Integrated Care System
  • NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support and NHS England
  • NHS Shared Business Services and University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
  • NHS Wales Informatics Service

GO Procurement Innovation of the Year Award – Taking the procurement function forward: Local Government, Central Government and Other Organisations
Sponsored by Statkraft 

  • Angus Council/Angus Health & Social Care Partnership
  • West London Alliance
  • Crown Commercial Service
  • National Commercial Board
  • Public Power Solutions, Swindon Borough Council
  • Kent Police and Essex Police
  • Sandwell Council
  • The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Transport Scotland
  • Kirklees Council
  • Bank of England

GO Procurement Leadership of the Year Award – Local Government & Other Organisations
Sponsored by Lyreco 

  • Angus Council
  • University of Strathclyde, DHI, NHS NSS and the Scottish Government
  • Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
  • Scotland Excel
  • STAR Procurement
  • North Yorkshire County Council

GO Procurement Leadership of the Year Award – Central Government & Healthcare Organisations

  • Office for National Statistics
  • The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bank of England

GO Procurement Project of the year award (above £20m value) – Local Government and Consortia
Sponsored by Epson 

  • Angus Council/Angus Health & Social Care Partnership
  • NEPO
  • North Yorkshire County Council and Nynet
  • London Boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Redbridge (WELR)
  • Taunton Deane Borough Council
  • North Lincolnshire Council
  • London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Kirklees Council

GO Procurement Project of the year award (above £20m value) – Other Organisations
Sponsored by Epson 

  • NHS Wales Informatics Service
  • Police Scotland
  • Translink
  • NHS Wales Informatics Services
  • Crown Commercial Service: Facilities Management Marketplace
  • Crown Commercial Service: Media Buying “cutting-edge” procurement
  • Department for International Development
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • North of England Commissioning Support Unit and NHS England (Specialised Commissioning, North Region)
  • Transport for Wales, Infrastructure Advisory UK Ltd, Steer and Mott McDonald
  • Translink

GO Procurement Project of the year award (sub-£20m value)
Sponsored by PlanLink 

  • Renfrewshire Council
  • Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, North West Shared Infrastructure Service and others
  • NHS Midlands and Lancashire CSU
  • Birmingham City University
  • NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit, West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group, and East Leicestershire & Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Scotland Excel and SEEMiS
  • Thames Valley Police
  • NHS Wales – Shared Services Partnership
  • Sedgemoor District Council
  • NHS Shared Business Services and University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

GO Procurement Team of the Year Award – Health and Social Care Organisations

  • NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership – Procurement Serivces
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH)
  • North of England Commissioning Support Unit
  • NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support and NHS England
  • Northern Care Alliance Procurement Team (Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust & Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust)
  • NHS Wales – Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP)
  • The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

GO Procurement Team of the Year Award – Local Government, Central Government and Other Organisations
Sponsored by Banner

  • Translink: Future Ticketing System (TFTS)
  • Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Services
  • Network Homes
  • Crown Commercial Service
  • Translink: Procurement Team
  • Crown Prosecution Service: Digital Commercial Team
  • North Yorkshire County Council
  • National LGPS Frameworks
  • Crown Prosecution Service: Procurement and Commercial Services Team
  • Kirklees Council
  • Transport Scotland
  • Leicestershire Police FHQ
  • Procurement & Logistics Service (a subsidiary of the Business Services Organisation) partnering with all Health and Social Care Trusts and the Department of Health
  • NHS Scotland National Procurement Equipping Sourcing Team, working with NSS Health Facilities Scotland Equipping Team
  • University of Strathclyde

GO Social and Community Benefit in Procurement Award – Local Authority, Consortia and Housing
Sponsored by Edenred

  • Welshpool Town Council
  • Wirral Council
  • NEPO
  • Cardiff Council
  • North Yorkshire County Council
  • Liverpool City Council: Liverpool Parklife
  • Liverpool City Council: Liverpool Adult Learning Service
  • Tai Tarian

GO Social and Community Benefit in Procurement Award – Other Organisations
Sponsored by Edenred 

  • Construction Impact Framework, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and University of Salford
  • Re-tek UK Ltd
  • NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership – Procurement Services
  • Birmingham City University
  • St Georges University Hospital Foundation Trust
  • NHS Arden & GEM CSU, West Midlands Combined Authority, NHS Wolverhampton CCG and Social Finance
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Scottish Government – SG Procurement, Contract Management & Capability Team
  • Translink
  • Department for Infrastructure, Graham Farrans Joint Venture, AECOM

P4H Scotland 2019

On Tuesday 12 March our premier healthcare procurement event, P4H Scotland, which is supported by NHS National Services Scotland, took place at Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

The second P4H Scotland was as well received as the first, with excellent feedback from delegates and presenters and exhibitors.

Marie-Claire Miller, Customer Engagement Commodity Manager, NHS National Services Scotland, spoke to BiP Solutions on the day and said that:

It was a really great event, lots of enthusiasm in the room and lots of discussion. Let’s see how many of the discussions we can turn into positive actions. See you at P4H Scotland 2020!”

Keynote Arena

P4H Scotland delegates packed into the Keynote Arena at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre to join in the debate. Thought leaders and industry experts took the stage and presenters on the day included:

Duncan Eaton – Executive Advisor to the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group

Colin Sinclair – Chief Executive Officer, NHS National Services Scotland

Jim Miller – Procurement Commissioning & Facilities Director, NHS Scotland

Professor Jacqui Reilly – Director of Nursing, NHS National Services Scotland

Jaime Hill & Jess Cronin – Customer Innovation Team, Johnson and Johnson

Nicole McGlennon – Representing the SDMA, Business Unit Director UKI – Wound Care and Infusion Devices, ConvaTec

The Opening Keynote Address yesterday was given by Colin Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer at NHS National Services Scotland.

Colin spoke in great depth on how supply partners are fundamental to the delivery of healthcare services and gave delegates an insight into how NHS National Services Scotland is supporting Scotland’s health and care priorities.

On Twitter Mr Sinclair posted:

“I was delighted to open the keynote sessions at the P4H Scotland event. A great opportunity to highlight the challenges for health and care in 2019 and demonstrate how procurement can be part of the solution”

Jim Miller, Procurement Commissioning & Facilities Director, NHS Scotland, said that the event was a “great day with a real buzz in the room”.

During his session he reflected on P4H Scotland 2018, urging delegates to carry on having broader conversations around issues like the collapse of Carilion, global warming and Brexit.

He also spoke about his “Pledge” ahead of P4H 2020 stating that he will begin scope for a supplier development programme and that moving forward he aims to meet with key suppliers once a month. After sharing his “pledge” he then asked the audience what procurement and supply partners can do collectively to support Scotland’s Health sector.

Event Highlights

Alongside the Keynote Arena, the event hosted 15 training sessions across 3 training zones and 4 Networking Zones, where professionals met to discuss the wealth of innovation shown in the Product Showcase.

Our event sponsor GHX also hosted a session in the Professional Procurement Skills Zone. Chris Norman, Key Account Manager, presented “Delivering Patient Safety and Efficiencies through Inventory Management and Web Requisitioning” which was incredibly well received.

Other sponsors on the day included: Dionach, Rathburn Chemical Ltd, +us, Medline and Cannon Hygiene.

Join us at a P4H event near you…

The main focus of the P4H events is to enhance the capabilities of procurement personnel and showcase innovative suppliers across the UK & Ireland.

Simon Burges, Chief Executive Officer of BiP Solutions, is excited about the future of the P4H events. Post P4H Scotland he said:

“Now in its second year, P4H Scotland – The Procurement Event For Health in association with NHS National Services Scotland, plays a vital role in connecting industry with Scotland’s leading NHS procurement professionals. This year we welcomed over 700 delegates, who collectively and in collaboration play a vital role in achieving today’s public procurement objectives.”

Would you like to join us at a P4H event?

P4H Ireland takes place on 4 April and P4H England takes place on 12 July. Tickets are FREE for public sector delegates.

For private sector prices, visit the P4H Ireland and P4H England websites.

If you would like to invest in the development of new and existing business opportunities by participating in this important event, call 0845 270 7066 to find out more.