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Public Sector Procurement Trends Update (17th – 23rd January)

This week’s Public Sector Procurement Trends report, produced in association with Tracker Intelligence, has been released.

The report provides an update on activities between 17th – 23rd January and shows that 42% of contracts were for less than £100,000 – clearly indicating a continued opportunity for SMEs throughout the public sector.

Other key highlights this week include:

  • Local Government is once again the most active sector, followed by Central Government & Education
  • 2168 contract notices were published this week, a 17.9% increase from the previous week
  • 997 different buying authorities published contract notices this week

The report also shows the top three highest value awards published this week and those awarded to more than 1,200 suppliers; contract volume broken down by sector; and top buyers by contract volume.

The report can be viewed in full here

BiP Solutions launch free digital sessions to help public sector buyers prepare for procurement changes

Press release: January  2022

Tech-led procurement expert BiP Solutions is hosting a free series of events this March to help prepare for upcoming changes in government practices.

GO Transforming Public Procurement Online’ is a series of half day virtual events, covering the latest on the Procurement Reform Programme.

The sessions will give vital insight into the government response to the December 2020 Green Paper.

A host of respected procurement experts will be speaking on the day, providing buyers with key information and analysis of the latest practices.

Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session where delegates can ask our experts for more information.

Who is speaking?

Speakers include Lindsay Maguire, Head of Engagement for Procurement Reform at the Cabinet Office, Adam Hill, Head of Transparency Systems at the Cabinet Office and Chris Smith from the  Contracting Partnership.

The must-attend sessions will be chaired by Eddie Regan, Principal Consultant at BiP’s PASS Procurement service, and are split into sectors including Local Government, Central Government, Health, Education, and Housing.

Simon Burges, CEO of BiP Solutions, said: “I’m pleased to announce that throughout March 2022 we will be running a series of online events for the public procurement community to gain valuable insight into the feedback from the consultations, together with the Government responses and therefore what changes may need to be prepared for.

“I’d like to thank our valued event guest speakers including Lindsay Maguire, Adam Hill, Chris Smith and Eddie Regan. And I look forward to the insight we will gain.”

(Simon Burges, CEO of BiP Solutions)

Why are these procurement changes happening?

This series comes as the public sector prepares itself for wide-ranging changes in procurement practices.

Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, government has seized upon the opportunity to implement a new procurement regime, moving away from EU rules and adopting a simplified approach.

This prioritises boosting growth and productivity in the UK, maximising value for money and social value, promoting efficiency, innovation, and transparency.

In December 2020, the Cabinet Office set out the proposals that will shape the future of public procurement legislation with the publication of a Green Paper, Transforming Public Procurement.

The overarching goals of these proposals are to speed up and simplify procurement processes, place value for money at their heart, generate social value and unleash opportunities for small businesses, charities and social enterprises to innovate in public service delivery.

With the public procurement community expecting to see these changes implemented from 2022, these events will be crucial in allowing buyers to prepare in advance.

Event Chair Eddie Regan said: “I’m delighted that we have guests of this quality who will help guide our attendees through the many changes that procurement reform will bring and I’m certain that everyone in the public procurement community will benefit from these online events.”

(Event Chair: Eddie Regan)

Provided by BiP Solutions, Government Opportunities (GO) hosts a range of leading events and award programmes focused on informing, recognising and showcasing the vital role of the UK’s public procurement marketplace.

Book Now: https://bipsolutions.eventsair.com/go-transforming-procurement-series/registration/Site/Register

Further Information

BiP Solutions is a second-generation family business, founded in 1984 by businessman Ron Burges. The company, which is headed up by his son Simon, employs 160 staff across the UK, with its HQ in at Pacific Quay, Glasgow and offices at Media City, Salford.

What started life as a journal of government tenders, has grown into a tech-led, procurement powerhouse.

With a client base of hundreds of UK public sector organisations BiP Solutions works with the likes of the Crown Commercial Service, Ministry of Defence, NHS, Scottish and Welsh Governments and numerous local authorities.

For more information contact Content, Research and Communications Director [email protected]

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Defence Procurement Minister Jeremy Quin to speak at DPRTE 2022

Press release: January 2022

The Minister for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at Defence Procurement, Research, Technology and Exportability (DPRTE) 2022.

DPRTE is pleased to invite the key government minister to deliver this year’s opening address.

The UK’s premier defence procurement event – organised by BiP Solutions – is taking place at Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre on May 5.

Held across a single day, the event offers a unique opportunity to engage directly with key personnel and organisations responsible for setting strategy and operationally delivering an annual budget of over £19bn.

As Minister of State for Defence Procurement, Mr Quin is responsible for the Defence Equipment Plan; relations with the defence industry; defence exports; defence science and technology; and defence estates and infrastructure.

The keynote area is one of the focal points of DPRTE, providing visitors with a rare opportunity to hear from those who are actively setting and delivering the direction of the UK’s defence procurement and supply chain strategy.

During the day, high-profile speakers will present on a range of core topics which are defining the future of defence procurement.

(Founder of Women in Defence UK, Angela Owen OBE, at DPRTE 2021)

And with an additional £16.5bn of spend planned for the defence sector over the next four years, now is the time to engage and collaborate.

Commenting on the Ministry of Defence’s industrial strategy, which was released last year, Mr Quin said: “We must not only ensure that our forces have the right kit and equipment, but that we maintain capabilities on-shore to produce and support critical elements for our national security, and ensure that our supply chains are sustainable and resilient.

“Through targeted investments we can deliver not only the right equipment but can bolster the Union, deliver on levelling up and enhance the skills and prosperity of the United Kingdom.

“As we invest more than £85bn over the next four years in our defence equipment and support, we are determined to deliver not just for our Armed Forces but for the whole of the UK.”

Event partners for DPRTE 2022 include The Ministry of Defence (MOD), The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) and UK Defence and Security Exports.

While this year’s sponsors so far include: Engie, Axima, Tetra Tech, Softcat and Ameresco.

(Simon Burges, CEO of BiP Solutions)

Simon Burges CEO of BiP Solutions, added: “We’re delighted to announce the opening ministerial address at this year’s DPRTE event will be delivered by Mr Quin.

“This event is all about bringing buyers and suppliers together across the defence acquisition supply chain, dealing with anything from uniforms to education services provision, enhancing knowledge, sharing best practice and showcasing innovation.

“Mr Quin’s unique insight and experience into the Ministry of Defence procurement strategy will be invaluable to all those involved in the defence supply chain.”

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Further Information

DPRTE is the UK’s leading defence procurement and supply chain event, bringing together thousands of buyers and suppliers from across the entire market.

Connecting buyers and suppliers across the defence acquisition supply chain, DPRTE provides a wealth of skills development, networking, collaboration and product showcase opportunities for organisations that are already actively working with the defence sector or are exploring ways to work across the UK’s £20 billion defence procurement marketplace and beyond.

For more information, please visit: www.dprte.co.uk or follow us on LinkedIn

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Public Sector Procurement Trends Update (10th – 16th January)

This week’s Public Sector Procurement Trends report, produced in association with Tracker Intelligence, has been released.

The report provides an update on activities between 10th – 16th January and shows that 43% of contracts were for less than £100,000 – clearly indicating a continued opportunity for SMEs throughout the public sector.

Other key highlights this week include:

  • Local Government is once again the most active sector, followed by Central Government & Health
  • 1839 contract notices were published this week, a 65% increase from the previous week
  • 934 different buying authorities published contract notices this week

The report also shows the top three highest value awards published this week and those awarded to more than 1,200 suppliers; contract volume broken down by sector; and top buyers by contract volume.

The report can be viewed in full here

Public Sector Procurement Trends Update (6th – 12th December)

This week’s Public Sector Procurement Trends report, produced in association with Tracker Intelligence, has been released.

The report provides an update on activities between 6th – 12th December and shows that 37% of contracts were for less than £100,000 – clearly indicating a continued opportunity for SMEs throughout the public sector.

Other key highlights this week include:

  • Local Government is once again the most active sector, followed by Central Government & Education
  • 2052 contract notices were published this week, a 1.3% decrease from the previous week
  • 955 different buying authorities published contract notices this week

The report also shows the top three highest value awards published this week and those awarded to more than 1,300 suppliers; contract volume broken down by sector; and top buyers by contract volume.

The report can be viewed in full here

Public Sector Procurement Trends Update (29th November – 5th December)

This week’s Public Sector Procurement Trends report, produced in association with Tracker Intelligence, has been released.

The report provides an update on activities between 29th November – 5th December and shows that 44% of contracts were for less than £100,000 – clearly indicating a continued opportunity for SMEs throughout the public sector.

Other key highlights this week include:

  • Local Government is once again the most active sector, followed by Health & Central Government
  • 2079 contract notices were published this week, a 1.1% decrease from the previous week
  • 1006 different buying authorities published contract notices this week

The report also shows the top three highest value awards published this week and those awarded to more than 1,300 suppliers; contract volume broken down by sector; and top buyers by contract volume.

The report can be viewed in full here

Public Sector Procurement Trends Update (22nd – 28th November)

This week’s Public Sector Procurement Trends report, produced in association with Tracker Intelligence, has been released.

The report provides an update on activities between 22nd – 28th November and shows that 39% of contracts were for less than £100,000 – clearly indicating a continued opportunity for SMEs throughout the public sector.

Other key highlights this week include:

  • Local Government is once again the most active sector, followed by Health & Central Government
  • 2103 contract notices were published this week, a 0.7% increase from the previous week
  • 944 different buying authorities published contract notices this week

The report also shows the top three highest value awards published this week and those awarded to more than 1,200 suppliers; contract volume broken down by sector; and top buyers by contract volume.

The report can be viewed in full here

Public Sector Procurement Trends Update (15th – 21st November)

This week’s Public Sector Procurement Trends report, produced in association with Tracker Intelligence, has been released.

The report provides an update on activities between 15th – 21st November and shows that 41% of contracts were for less than £100,000 – clearly indicating a continued opportunity for SMEs throughout the public sector.

Other key highlights this week include:

  • Local Government is once again the most active sector, followed by Central Government & Education
  • 2089 contract notices were published this week, a 8.4% increase from the previous week
  • 980 different buying authorities published contract notices this week

The report also shows the top three highest value awards published this week and those awarded to more than 1,200 suppliers; contract volume broken down by sector; and top buyers by contract volume.

The report can be viewed in full here

BiP Solutions launch HCI – the next generation business intelligence service

BiP Solutions, the leading public sector supply chain specialist, has today launched its new Healthcare Contracts International (HCI) service.

HCI is the first of BiP’s next generation business intelligence services. It provides invaluable insight into the multi-trillion-pound global healthcare market; enabling existing and new suppliers to identify and win more business.

HCI’s unique technology platform, which leverages BiP’s significant investment into machine learning, surfaces more relevant opportunities faster. Customisable dashboards provide users with a slick and intuitive experience, enabling them to discover insights into buyer activity.

At a time of massive investment into health services – not least in the UK – HCI is a powerful tool that will help suppliers grow and buyers access a larger pool of innovative and value-adding partners.

HCI also showcases opportunities in other sectors that could be relevant to healthcare suppliers, broadening their potential customer base.

Simon Burges, CEO of BiP Solutions said:

“We have a great pedigree of creating business intelligence platforms which deliver customer value and see HCI as the next generation from a tech point-of-view. It also complements our other services that help thousands of suppliers and buyers engage and work successfully together.

“HCI is a hugely exciting product for us, especially when NHS spending is increasing dramatically; both in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the long-term commitment to invest more in healthcare, as outlined in the Government’s recent Spending Review.

“By surfacing more opportunities than ever before, we believe HCI will enable this investment to be accessed by a far wider supply base; providing buyers with a greater choice of innovative and high-value products and services.

“It is a proud moment to see all our development work come to fruition and to play our part in connecting suppliers with the health sector at such a critical time in its history.”

HCI expands BiP’s presence within the healthcare market. The company owns and manages two established healthcare procurement events which bring together healthcare buyers and suppliers: P4H and P4H Scotland.

BiP also works closely with the Health Care Supply Association (HCSA), whose Annual Conference and Exhibition on 24 November 2021 is the scene for the official launch of the new HCI service.

Keith Rowley, Chief Officer at the HCSA said:

“HCSA is delighted to see that HCI are launching this exciting new solution at our 2021 conference. We are committed to developing the NHS procurement profession and maintaining strong links with suppliers is a key part of this.

“At a time of increased focus and investment in procurement across the national health service, it’s more important than ever that buyers engage effectively and transparently.  I hope this is one of a number of solutions that will support that aim, whilst also helping increase opportunities across the sector.”

Public Sector Procurement Trends Update (8th – 14th November)

This week’s Public Sector Procurement Trends report, produced in association with Tracker Intelligence, has been released.

The report provides an update on activities between 8th – 14th November and shows that 43% of contracts were for less than £100,000 – clearly indicating a continued opportunity for SMEs throughout the public sector.

Other key highlights this week include:

  • Local Government is once again the most active sector, followed by Central Government & Education
  • 1928 contract notices were published this week, a 1.3% increase from the previous week
  • 959 different buying authorities published contract notices this week

The report also shows the top three highest value awards published this week and those awarded to more than 1,300 suppliers; contract volume broken down by sector; and top buyers by contract volume.

The report can be viewed in full here

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