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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.

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.

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

Introducing Promitto, a new comprehensive email marketing solution

Promitto logo in purple

BiP Solutions is proud to announce the launch of the new self-service email marketing platform Promitto.

Drawing on BiP Solutions’ 35 years of experience in the public sector marketplace, Promitto allows for easy contact with thousands of stakeholders and leaders from local and central government, the NHS, the education sector, UK enterprise and more in just a few clicks.

Designed with ease of use in mind, Promitto offers two key advantages for those looking to promote to the public sector or to business. The intuitive email design tools mean that users new to marketing can easily build distinctive, professional marketing emails, while more experienced marketers will benefit from the flexibility the platform offers. In addition, Promitto’s unmatched data community – one of the biggest in the UK – affords contact with over 160,000 public sector decision makers, as well as stakeholders from thousands of the biggest organisations from throughout UK business and enterprise. All data can be segmented by job function, geography and more, allowing for easy contact with the best and most receptive audience.

Promitto aims to be a comprehensive email marketing solution, offering everything needed for successful marketing campaigns in a ‘one-stop shop.’

Simon Burges, CEO of BiP Solutions, said:

I am delighted to announce the launch of Promitto, which for the first time provides customers with the opportunity to access BiP’s market-leading contact data communities, via our new self-service email marketing solution.

The launch of Promitto shows that BiP Solutions are committed to innovative ways to suit our customers’ needs through our ever-growing digital portfolio.

To register and learn more about Promitto, visit www.pro-mitto.co.uk.

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.

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

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