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Celebrating success at the BiP ONE Annual Employee Awards

Friday 10th June saw BiP Solutions come together to celebrate the achievements of its amazing staff.

As part of the BiP ONE Recognition programme, the Annual Employee Awards were back with a bang after a two-year pandemic related hiatus.

Colleagues were more than ready to celebrate the achievements of the past few years in person again. Seeing colleagues from both our Glasgow and Manchester offices enjoying their evening and building relationships across our many diverse teams was fantastic.

Taking place at The Village hotel in Glasgow, our Annual Awards provided the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the amazing contribution of individual colleagues and teams across the last period.

Simon Burges, CEO of BiP Solutions said: “It was a real pleasure to bring our colleagues together once again for this very special evening of recognition and celebration. With our Award winners and many other talented individuals in our team we’re looking forward with confidence to an exciting future.”

Seven Awards were presented on the evening, culminating in the main category of our Employee of the Year. All categories were keenly contested with strong nominations in each.

Our winners were:

New Employee of the Year – Rachel Neil (Events)

Manager of the Year – Chris Logue (Business and Client Services) and Simon Inman (IT Operations)

Sales Employee of the Year – Ben Trail (Business Intelligence)

Team of the Year – Events & Exhibitions

Sales Team of the Year – Customer Success (Business Intelligence)

This year, we announced a new award, the BiP Values Award, designed to recognise colleagues who embody the spirit of BiP. The inaugural winner was Stephen Donlan, from the Digital Content Marketing and Communications (DCMC) team.

As part of BiP ONE Recognition, the Annual Employee Awards were back with a bang after a two-year forced hiatus.

Stephen Donlan

Simon said: “I’d like to congratulate Stephen on being voted the very deserved winner within this category, as he continually and positively demonstrates our core company values within his role as Production Manager within the DCMC.”

The culmination of the evening was the highly-anticipated Employee of the Year Award, with three places up for contention. Rob Atherton (DCMC) and Claire Young (eSourcing and Supply Chain) secured third and second places respectively, while the overall winner, with a cash prize of £1250, was Rachael Connor-Laughlin from the Marketing team.

As part of BiP ONE Recognition, the Annual Employee Awards were back with a bang after a two-year forced hiatus.

Rachel Connor Laughlin

“Huge congratulations to Rachael Connor Laughlin on being crowned Employee of The Year – a thoroughly well-deserved award.” said Simon.

Further events and incentives are planned as part of the BiP One programme, which also focuses on areas such as personal development, giving back and engagement in addition to recognition.

Mental Health Awareness Week at BiP

This week is Mental Health Awareness week and here at BiP Solutions we’re conscious that our people are our most important asset.

This week is Mental Health Awareness week and here at BiP Solutions we’re conscious that our people are our most important asset.

Helping them keep happy and healthy, both physically and mentally, is crucial to our success.

Stepping up

As part of the range of BiP ONE activities in May we are promoting and encouraging colleagues to take part in National Walking Month, and the challenge of walking 80 miles in May. Owing to the connection of physical health in supporting overall wellbeing, this is something we are keen to get behind and support.

Several of our colleagues have taken on the challenge and are stepping up their game. With more than 50 miles walked between them this first week!

Always learning

In addition to the positive role that physical health plays, we also recognise the significance of mental health within the workplace, and our Senior Management Team have recently been undertaking Mental Health Awareness for Managers training.

This week is Mental Health Awareness week and here at BiP Solutions we’re conscious that our people are our most important asset.

This is just a part of our commitment to evolve our overall approach to wellbeing in the workplace, which includes fruit and healthy snacks available in each of our offices.

Throughout the week, BiP will be encouraging colleagues to take part in mental health activities, creating more awareness of this aspect of our wellbeing programme.

Engaging with the community

Colleagues will also be reminded that we provide free community days to allow them to help a favourite charity – helping others is often hailed as a good route to improving your mental health.

Lucy Roue at the RSPCA

We have seen colleagues volunteer for the RSCPA, as well as take on preparations for the gruelling 4x4x48 challenge. That is, running 4 miles, every 4 hours over 48 hours for National Cancer Survivors Day.

As a company, we’re committed to evolving our approach to mental health and encourage colleagues to work with our management team to develop new ways to support overall wellbeing.

Useful links

For more details on the Mental Health Awareness Week, visit the below link to the charity’s website.

This contains some really interesting information and tips on supporting overall wellbeing and we encourage anyone who is struggling or wants to help someone who is struggling, to take a look at the useful resources provided.

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

Eleanor Rigby – All the lonely people

This year the theme of this year’s week is loneliness.

The Mental Health Foundation says that one in four people in the UK experience loneliness and tackling this problem within communities is essential to mental health.

The week will focus on what we can do to tackle loneliness within communities, raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental health and the practical steps we can take to address it.

The Mental Health Foundation started Mental Health Awareness Week 21 years ago and it has grown to become one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally.

Team BiP cover the distance of the English Channel (and back again) for charity

Plucky BiP colleagues from across the business have stepped up to raise £1,620 for charity. 

Sixteen colleagues in Glasgow went head-to-head with staff from The Village Hotel on the rowing machine, putting in an impressive performance.

Marketing Manager Alex Jolly is ready for the Red Nose Day challenge

What was the challenge?

The original objective was to row the English Channel – but they did ‘a bit’ better than that – rowing there and back again. 

Stand out performances on the day came from Finance Director Linda Andrews, who led the charge, with Customer Success Manager John Dennett and Senior Credit Controller Vinny Short following closely behind.

While in Manchester, 13 colleagues put the pedals to the metal to smash their 150-mile relay target for Red Nose Day. 

Graphic Design Lead Seamus Norton put in an exceptional individual performance – clocking up 12.01 miles in 30 minutes, followed by Marketing Manager Alex Jolly (10.12 miles) and Production Executive Al Roberts (10.03 miles).

Content and sales teams take part in our Manchester office

What did the team raise?

Together the overall competitors raised £810 in donations which the business has agreed to match – bringing the total to a fantastic £1,620. 

People Director Alan Mathie said: “A huge thank you and well done to all our BiP colleagues who took part in the challenges on the day. 

“And a special mention also to those who provided the much-needed vocal support and encouragement. 

“It was great to be able to put on this type of event and see how it contributed to a great atmosphere across both offices. Most importantly, and the reason why we did it, we were able to raise a lot of money for Comic Relief.

Sales director Stuart McAndrew takes to the bike for his second stint of the day

CEO Simon Burges added: “As part of our annual BiP Solutions Giving Back programme, it was great to see our colleagues across Manchester and Glasgow raising funds and supporting this year’s Comic Relief appeal.

“As a company we were also delighted to match fund each donation, in support of this extremely important charity.”

For more information on our people and culture at BiP Solutions follow us on LinkedIn

Spotlight On: Eddie Regan, PASS Procurement Consultant

Eddie Regan is one of BiP’s longest serving employees and a font of procurement knowledge

Starting at the company in 1984 as a salesman, Eddie is now our PASS Procurement consultant, sharing his experience in and knowledge of government procurement with clients and colleagues alike.

How would you sum up your job at BiP, Eddie?

I suppose a bit of a “Jack of all Trades” would be a good description. I deliver training, consultancy, webinars, occasional blogs, speak at conferences, judge the GO Awards, assist sales when they need my input, work with the Events Team, annoy IT Dev and generally try to keep out of trouble.

When did your BiP journey begin?

In 1984, back before many of our colleagues were even born. I saw an advert for a salesman, came for an interview and Ron and Leslie decided to offer me the job and the rest, as they say, is history. From sales, I moved into production and eventually into delivering training and consultancy.

Why did you stay?

I like the job, my colleagues, the variety of my role and the challenges it presents. Over the years, when you catch up with some of the people who’ve left, they often tell you how much they enjoyed BiP.

When are you at your most productive?

When given a challenging task and a deadline, just like most people I suppose. The thing about my role (and a shout out to Phil here as well) is we’re often up against deadlines and that’s probably when we enjoy it most.

We have all heard the tales of the legendary Portakabin® where BiP was born, but what was it really like?

Just that, a cold draughty Portakabin® on a Building Merchant’s site. One long room, with three small offices off it, with one of them containing the equipment we used to publish Contrax Weekly, the great grandfather of Tracker and everything else.

What are the biggest changes you’ve seen in the company and in procurement over the years?

In terms of the company, it’s grown beyond comprehension. From the Portakabin® all the way to our Glasgow and Manchester offices and from half a dozen people to currently around 140 people. It’s also been one hell of a journey.

In terms of procurement, no-one understood it in the early days. We would get letters and calls from public authorities threatening legal action against the company for publishing their notices, as they didn’t want suppliers from all over the country bidding for work. Thankfully, buyers and suppliers are a lot more attuned to the regulations these days and I think it’s fair to say that BiP played a major role in opening up the public procurement marketplace.

Are there any major changes in procurement on the horizon we should know about?

There are major reforms coming in England and Wales in the next 12-18 months and Scotland and N. Ireland will probably, at the very least, tweak some of their current regulations. However, procurement never stands still, which is one of the interesting things about my role.

What’s your favourite thing to do outside of work?

Spending time with my wife Roseann and walking Mac, our Westie.

Quick fire round:

  1. Joggers or jeans – Joggers for lounging about the house, jeans for weekends
  2. Ties or t-shirts – Love my t-shirts
  3. Coffee or tea – Tea, but only first thing in the morning, then it’s usually water
  4. Lager or ale – Lager, but only craft or imported – British lager is awful
  5. Book or film – Book every time
  6. Football or rugby ‒ Football
  7. Cat or dog ‒ Dog
  8. Hot or cold – Hot, but not too hot
  9. Salty or sweet – Savoury for me
  10. Tattooed or not ‒ Nope
  11. Night out or night in – Night in mostly

In our next spotlight we will be chatting with Amy Bourne in our Media City office about her role in BiP.

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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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

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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.

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