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]


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


BiP Solutions announces partnership with the Living Wage Accreditation

BiP Solutions are delighted to announce their partnership with the Living Wage Accreditation.

Whilst the majority of our job roles in the organisation already paid in advance of the Living Wage level, our accreditation ensures our commitment to all job roles, and all colleagues, within the business.

“We are delighted to welcome BiP to our movement of thousands of organisations, businesses and people, across Scotland and the whole of the UK, who believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. Together we can continue to ensure everyone can earn enough to live on.”

Living Wage Accreditation  

 Our partnership with the Living Wage Accreditation is an important aspect of our holistic Giving Back workstream, and our overall commitment to delivering positive Social Value within the communities in which we operate.

 “As a values-led employer, I am proud that BiP Solutions are able to become an accredited Living Wage Employer.  As a family business, we understand, more now than ever,  the important role that we have in supporting our colleagues and their families, but also the positive impact we can make in wider society .  We see partnering with the Living Wage Accreditation as an important step towards that.”

Simon Burges, CEO


The Changing Face of Procurement in 2021 – Keeping you informed

Back in December, the Government published their Transforming Public Procurement Green Paper, with the goal of speeding up and simplifying procurement processes, placing value for money at their heart and enabling innovation in public service delivery. But what does this mean for UK buyers and suppliers and what challenges lie ahead in the coming months?

Here at BiP Solutions, we are delighted to announce an all-new series of monthly briefings and webinars specifically designed to help buyers and suppliers navigate the challenges which may arise in light of the proposed changes to the current procurement framework. Both the briefings and the accompanying webinars have been specifically tailored to help these organisations to ensure they can work effectively, compliantly and responsively in what is a dynamic and fast-changing environment.

We will also be hosting live events and creating other assets throughout 2021 and beyond, making sure we are supporting our clients through what will be one of the largest set of changes in the public sector procurement landscape for decades.

As well as the upcoming briefings and webinars, our research arm, BiP Inform will soon be releasing the report from our inaugural research project, aiming to give us a better understanding of the thoughts of public sector buyers and suppliers regarding the latest proposals.

‘The proposals within the Transforming Public Procurement Green Paper represent the largest changes to procurement process and practice in the UK for decades. At BiP Solutions we are tracking developments closely and have committed to ensuring our customers are the best informed about what these changes mean and how they should prepare for them. Exciting times lie ahead, but buyers and suppliers should engage with our campaign to ensure they have the information and insight they need to stay compliant and competitive as the proposals become policy and then practice’ (Grahame Steed, Content, Research and Communications Director, at BiP Solutions.)

For all updates and announcements regarding the Green Paper and other key developments in 2021, please visit our dedicated site: www.bip-inform.com


Press notice: Transforming Procurement in 2021 – Have your say

Last month, the Government published their Transforming Public Procurement Green Paper, with the goal of speeding up and simplifying procurement processes, placing value for money at their heart, and enabling innovation in public service delivery. And, while the proposals currently only apply to contracting authorities in England* – along with reserved functions in the devolved nations – the paper has the potential to transform public procurement in the years to come.

With this in mind, our research arm, BiP Inform, has just launched our inaugural survey, Transforming Public Procurement in 2021, to understand the thoughts and opinions of public sector buyers and suppliers with regards to the latest proposals.

Our study proposes to generate a snapshot of where organisations see the biggest opportunities but also identify any potential areas of concern and how collectively, this will impact on the future of procurement.

BiP Solutions are now actively engaged with the Cabinet Office in discussions regarding the Green Paper’s proposals, and the feedback from this research will support our response to the official consultation, which closes on 10 March 2021.

‘At BiP Solutions, we are acutely aware of the impact these changes could have on new and existing customers so we plan to keep everyone informed throughout 2021 via a comprehensive communications programme, which will use all channels available to us to push this important message.

The world of procurement may be changing but BiP will continue to do what we have done for the last 37 years and that is to support, advise, and guide organisations to ensure they are prepared for changes as and when they arise.’ (Grahame Steed, Content, Research and Communications Director, at BiP Solutions.)

We are now seeking contributions for our research project and have already received over 100 responses to date. If your organisation would like to contribute, please do complete our short, online questionnaire here

For all updates and announcements regarding the Green Paper and other key developments in 2021, please visit our dedicated site: www.bip-inform.com

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 *The Green Paper ‘Transforming Public Procurement’ applies only to contracting authorities in England, along with reserved functions in the devolved nations. It does not apply to contracting authorities in Scotland, Wales or N. Ireland at this time, although this may change, in respect of some elements, over time.

Aim for Growth 2021

BIP Solutions launches Aim for Growth 2021 to help businesses win more public sector opportunities

BiP Solutions is pleased to announce the launch of its new Aim for Growth 2021 initiative, which will challenge businesses to focus on the many growth opportunities that exist within the lucrative public sector market.

Despite Lockdown 3.0, BiP Solutions’ research indicates that 2021 is shaping up to be a significantly better year than 2020. Buyers and suppliers have learned from their experiences in the lead-up to Brexit and last year’s lockdown period. They now understand that preparing for the unpredictable is essential for success. With Government spend increasing and a host of initiatives underway to make procurement more transparent and accessible, this is a good time to engage the market.

As part of the Aim for Growth 2021 initiative, BiP Solutions are, for a limited time only, offering a complimentary report containing detailed insights about recent government spend activity and trends to help identify potential areas of opportunity for your business. The company is also challenging suppliers to put its database of open contract opportunities to the test by identifying winnable opportunities based on a simple company profile.

Grahame Steed, Content and Research Director of BiP Solutions, said: “Our research indicates that 2021 will be a strong year for the public sector supply chain, as investment into vital services helps the UK recover from the double impact of COVID-19 and Brexit. Aim for Growth 2021 will help existing and new suppliers grow their share of this huge and dynamic marketplace and we look forward to supporting them with the intelligence they need to be successful.”

 Interested parties should register here to get started and keep an eye out for exclusive insights into public sector growth opportunities.


About BiP Solutions

BiP Solutions is a leading provider of business intelligence services for organisations of all sizes. With more than 37 years’ experience working with both buyers and suppliers, BiP helps businesses to identify and win contracts across the public and private sectors.

For more information please visit www.bipsolutions.com.

Brexit positioning statement – October 2019

Business people figurines shaking hands on map of Europe

The situation around Brexit remains fluid. The EU has agreed to a ‘flextension’ – extending the deadline for the UK’s exit from the EU to 31st January, but with an option for ‘exit day’ to be brought forward if a deal is ratified before then. However, the upcoming UK general election could mean that the terms of discussion change once again.

Against this dynamic background, we have today published an update on BiP Solutions’ position in relation to Brexit and what it means for our customers in the run-up to ‘exit day’ and beyond, in the various possible iterations of the UK’s departure from the EU.

Read the full statement here.

Procurex Wales: press release, 06.08.2019

Logo for Procurex Wales

This year’s Procurex Wales event, originally scheduled to be held at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff on 7 November 2019, will now take place on 18 March 2020.

The Welsh Government made this decision to allow them to dedicate the required focus and resources to the event, given the original date’s proximity to Brexit on 31 October. The rescheduled date for Procurex Wales will ensure that the event is a success and allow maximum participation from the buyer and supplier community across Wales.

For full details please read BiP Solutions’ and the Welsh Government’s joint press release.

New report – Transforming Infrastructure: Building Britain’s Future

BiP Solutions is pleased to announce the launch of its new market report - Transforming Infrastructure: building Britain’s future,

BiP Solutions is pleased to announce the launch of its new market report – Transforming Infrastructure: Building Britain’s Future, a must-read report for those working or looking to work in the infrastructure marketplace.

The infrastructure sector provides a wealth of opportunities for businesses in the know, with key supply chains currently being built up for the megaprojects scheduled to be built in Britain over the next decade. This report shows where those opportunities will become available so you can plan how to build your business strategy.

This new market report from BiP highlights the latest trends and opportunities within the sector, and follows the hugely successful UK Infrastructure Show (UKIS) hosted by BiP at the NEC in April. The show, held in conjunction with Procurex – the UK’s premier public procurement event – saw 1400 delegates enjoying over 30 free training sessions, five leading industry figures speaking in the Keynote Arena, plus network and collaboration zones and a wealth of exhibition stands.

Talking points from the show, together with results from the survey conducted by our media partner, Construction Online, into the infrastructure marketplace, have inspired deeper research into the market, to help identify opportunities for buyers and suppliers within the sector. This has resulted in our new market report, which identifies these trends.

Infrastructure has been one of the better performers for the construction industry throughout this unsettled political and economic period with the National Infrastructure Pipeline inspiring confidence in the sector that is perhaps lacking elsewhere.

The National Infrastructure Pipeline evidenced a buoyant infrastructure sector over the next decade, confirming over 700 projects which will see over £600bn worth of investment in the UK. The National Infrastructure Commission produced its own analysis of the figures and statements and responded with an assessment of how the pipeline will be delivered.

This new report considers both the pipeline and assessment and how such huge transformation can be achieved in the timescales required. As well as a copy of the key findings from Construction Online’s Infrastructure Survey, the report includes an in-depth review of UKIS 2019 and the discussions that took place.

Download the full report now to find out how BiP Solutions can help you to access the huge opportunities within this £600bn sector.

Introducing Health Online – a new, dynamic healthcare community

BiP Solutions is proud to announce the launch of a new online community – Health Online.

Health Online is the latest way in which BiP assists both buyers and suppliers in their procurement journey – focusing specifically on the UK healthcare industry. Sitting within BiP’s Media & Marketing Solutions division, Health Online is designed for early engagement within both the public and private sector.

Providing the latest news on all areas of interest to healthcare buyers and suppliers, from accommodation and administration to vehicles and water, Health Online offers a unique, bespoke experience to each user. The site allows you to tailor your interests so that you see more of what you want to see – and less of what is less interesting to you. Whether it’s the latest news on medical equipment, pharmaceuticals or NHS recruitment, Health Online can keep you updated on it all, highlighting the areas that you care about.

Health Online also allows healthcare professionals and respected commercial suppliers to share news, trade ideas and build connections. It helps commercial suppliers to gain exposure within an ever-evolving marketplace that spends over £1bn every 3 days, by providing a wide portfolio of marketing and advertising tools – enabling suppliers to increase brand awareness and generate opportunities within the sector. For healthcare professionals, Health Online provides a platform for exposure among your peers, by offering the possibility of uploading your own features and examples of best practice, as well as enabling you to contribute to discussions created by others.

Sam Gilding, Director of Media & Marketing Solutions, said:

We’re really excited to bring to market this fresh and innovative approach to buyer/supplier engagement in the healthcare industry. Our ambition is for Health Online to become the default social community for professionals to network, share ideas and build long lasting relationships in this key marketplace. BiP Solutions are committed to supporting best-in-class procurement processes across UK healthcare, and our development of Health Online helps to facilitate this.

To learn more about Health Online and register your profile, visit www.healthonline-uk.com.

BiP Solutions offers a suite of digital solutions to bring together buyers and suppliers, from sector-specific data communities to the most comprehensive source of tender notifications in the UK. To learn more, visit www.bipsolutions.com.

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