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BiP Solutions – COVID-19 Update

Announcements

To our customers and partners

BiP Solutions is committed to providing its customers, partners and stakeholders with regular updates on COVID-19; particularly in the context of the public sector supply chain and public procurement generally. Visit here for detailed advice on guidance for buyers and suppliers.

Procurement Policy Note 02/20: Supplier relief due to COVID-19

This Procurement Policy Note (PPN) sets out information and guidance for public bodies on payment of their suppliers to ensure service continuity during and after the current coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): supplier relief SPPN 5/2020

This policy note sets out guidance for public bodies on options for payment to their suppliers to ensure service continuity during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.\

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): procurement regulations for public bodies

Policy note SPPN 4/2020 covering procurement related issues as a consequence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Webinars

Webinar – COVID-19: Using Framework Agreements and Dynamic Purchasing Systems. Monday 6th April at 11am

In light of the Coronavirus crisis, procurement is facing very challenging times, so to help buyers across the UK public sector, BiP Solutions’ Procurement Advice and Support Service (PASS) will be looking at the use of Framework Agreements and Dynamic Purchasing Systems, as quicker routes to market for buyers during the current Coronavirus crisis, and the key issues to consider in their use. The webinar will consider various issues including the benefits and limitations of both processes and how buyers can speed up the procurement timescale, engage faster with suppliers and ensure they achieve the outcomes they seek.

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Webinar – COVID-19: Procurement Opportunities and Requirements. Wednesday April 8 at 11am.

The Coronavirus crisis means that procurement is facing very challenging times. To support suppliers across the UK looking to work with the public sector, BiP Solutions’ Procurement Advice and Support Service (PASS) will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday 8 April at 11.00am. The webinar will look at many aspects of the current situation, such as market trends and opportunities, including some of the things that buyers are currently procuring, where contracts are being extended and how frameworks and dynamic purchasing systems can help provide quicker routes to market.

It will also focus on some of the key regulatory issues suppliers need to remember when engaging with buyers and a look at how you can engage effectively with the public sector in these changing times. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session, giving you the opportunity to ask a question of one of our PASS consultants.

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Webinar – COVID-19: Responding to the Current Need. Friday April 3rd at 9.30am.

In light of the Coronavirus crisis, procurement is facing very challenging times. To help suppliers across the UK, BiP Solutions’ Procurement Advice and Support Service (PASS) will be hosting a webinar on Friday 3 April at 9.30am looking at how suppliers can work with buyers to identify solutions where Regulation 32 may be used to help deliver procurement requirements. The webinar will also look at the important issue of Supplier Relief and what your organisation needs to consider if you believe your company might qualify for assistance on existing contracts.

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Webinar – COVID-19: Using the Accelerated Procedure. Tuesday 14th April at 11am

In light of the Coronavirus crisis, procurement is facing very challenging times, so to help buyers across the UK public sector, BiP Solutions’ Procurement Advice and Support Service (PASS) will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday 14 April at 1100. The webinar will look at the use of the Accelerated Procedures to allow for buyers to undertake procurement in areas of urgency where non-competitive actions are not appropriate, but a quicker award is fitting in the circumstances. The webinar will also look at the different accelerated procedures and consider various issues including benefits and limitations of the process.

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Webinar – COVID-19: Delivering through Frameworks and Dynamic Purchasing Systems. Thursday April 16th at 11am.

In light of the Coronavirus crisis, procurement is facing very challenging times, so to support suppliers across the UK looking to work with the public sector, BiP Solutions’ Procurement Advice and Support Service (PASS) will be hosting a webinar on Thursday 16 April at 11am. The webinar will look at many aspects, including market trends and opportunities, including some of the things that buyers are currently procuring, where contracts are being extended and how frameworks and dynamic purchasing systems can help provide quicker routes to market. It will also focus on some of the key regulatory issues suppliers need to remember when engaging with buyers and a look at of how you can engage effectively with the public sector in these changing times. The webinar will conclude with the opportunity to ask a questions during the Q&A session, which follows the presentation.

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Update 08/04/2020

Guidance from the European Commission on using the public procurement framework in the emergency situation related to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Update – 06/04/20

Today’s briefing looks at the importance of understanding the changing dynamics within the current public sector market.

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Update – 01/04/20

Following on from our previous Advice Notes and Webinar, this Briefing specifically considers the use of the Accelerated process within the procedures as a quicker route to market for buyers and the key issues to consider in its use.

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Update – 27/03/20

Following on from our previous Advice Notes and webinar, this briefing specifically considers the use of Framework Agreements and Dynamic Purchasing Systems, as quicker routes to market for buyers during the current Coronavirus crisis, and the key issues to consider in their use.

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Update – 27/03/20

The Scottish Government have just issued their version of the Supplier Relief PPN put out by the Cabinet Office.

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Update – 25/03/20

We reflect on the latest information issued by the Scottish Government, of which the contents are relevant to buyers across the public sector, expanding on the PPN issued by Cabinet Office on Responding to Covid-19.

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Update – 24/03/20

Following the Government’s decision to call for self-isolation across the country, our latest briefing considers a number of areas that buyers will need to consider in relation to existing contracts and their supplier base.

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Webinar – Coronavirus: Working with your Suppliers. Tuesday 31st March at 11am

As the COVID-19 situation continues to cause concern for buyers, particularly around continuity of service and supply chain issues, BiP Solutions’ Procurement Advice and Support Service (PASS) will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday 31 March at 11.00am, offering guidance to buyers across the UK public sector in dealing with such issues.

This webinar will consider the guidance issued by the Cabinet Office on Supplier Relief and also the criticality of having good communication channels and escalation procedures, to ensure open and transparent communication with all of your suppliers. The webinar will also look at the importance of assessing risk in certain contracts while looking at business continuity and contingency issues, in case of contract failure.

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Update – 23/03/20

Today we are bringing you the latest information from the Cabinet Office, in the form of a Procurement Policy Note on Supplier Relief due to COVID-19.

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Update – 20/03/20

Today we bring you the latest information from the Cabinet Office, in the form of a Procurement Policy Note on Responding to Covid-19.

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Guidance / Reports

BiP Solutions provides detailed analysis of opportunities, awards and announcements relating to the public sector marketplace – the latest weekly updates are here.

Download Market Update for 9 April 2020 + Download Market Update for 27 March 2020 + Download Market Update for 3 April 2020 +

COVID-19 Notices

We have curated a list of COVID-19 related contracts here:

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Letter from Jim Carter, Commercial Director Supply Chain: Covid-19 Guidance to Defence Industry suppliers

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Defence Procurement Policy Note 01/20 Responding to COVID-19

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Defence Procurement Policy Note 02/20 Responding to COVID-19

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Covid-19 Defence Furlough and Interim Payment Policy Note

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