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Public Sector Procurement Trends Update (16th-22nd Nov)

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

The report provides an update on activities between 16th and 22nd November and shows that 34% 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:

  • There has been positive growth in contract notice volumes with a 1.3% increase this week
  • Published contract notice values totaled >£22Bn
  • 889 different buying authorities published contract notices this week
  • The Top 5 awards this week totaled more than £7.93Bn

The report also shows the split of OJEU and non-OJEU notices across the public sector; awards published 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

Supporting Local Charities over Christmas

At BiP Solutions, we are proud to be supporting two local charities in the lead up to Christmas.

As part of our BiP Solutions Ltd ONE Giving Back programme and following our support of The Trussell Trust throughout November, our hard-working staff are now becoming Secret Santas through their support of the Wood Street Mission and The Glasgow Spirit of Christmas Appeal, both of which are based within our own office locations of Manchester & Glasgow respectively.

These hugely important charities will be providing new toys and gifts for local children affected by hardship or living in poverty, to make sure they have something special to open on Christmas Day.

Even under normal circumstances both of these appeals provide some much needed support at this time of year, however this year will undoubtedly be even more important than ever. Therefore I am very pleased to say that BiP as part our Giving Back programme will be match funding all donations raised across our staff.

Thank you to all of our staff for their continued support and participation within important and valuable initiatives such as these.

Public Sector Procurement Trends Update (9th-15th Nov)

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

The report provides an update on activities between 9th and 15th November 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:

  • There has been positive growth in contract notice volumes with a 21% increase this week
  • Published contract notice values totalled >£25Bn
  • 907 different buying authorities published contract notices this week

The report also shows the split of OJEU and non-OJEU notices across the public sector; awards published 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

BIP Solutions to support local foodbanks

BIP Solutions is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Trussell Trust over the winter months.

As a business, BIP Solutions have always been very conscious of playing a positive role within the communities in which we are based, and especially recognise the importance of doing so during these difficult times.

The Trussell Trust support a nationwide network of food banks and provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK. One of the reasons BIP Solutions identified them as a partner was because of their involvement in both the Glasgow and Salford communities.

Last month, The Trussell Trust released a report revealing how the COVID pandemic has massively affected food bank usage across the UK, with a huge rise in people needing to use a food bank in its network for the first time. According to their forecasts. a 61% increase in food parcels will be needed across its UK networks in October to December – this means six parcels will be given out every minute.

With the ongoing restrictions limiting BIP Solutions’ ability to invest into normal colleague social activities, that money will instead be donated to support this important cause.

With 160 employees in the business, the Company are pleased to confirm that a donation of £1600 will be made in the month of November. This means that on behalf of BiP, each employee will be helping to feed a family throughout these difficult times.

BIp Solutions’ CEO, Simon Burges, said: “I truly believe that strong family values are at the heart of our company and therefore I’m very pleased that on behalf of all our staff we are able to support such a worthy cause and help families at times when they may need it most.”

New research report: ‘Brexit: Challenges and Opportunities for Public Sector Buyers’

Against the backdrop of a further Brexit extension, and a general election which could have a significant impact on the form Brexit takes, we are excited to reveal the results of the latest research survey from iGov Survey in partnership with BiP Solutions and Delta eSourcing, ‘Brexit: Challenges and Opportunities for Public Sector Buyers.’

Cover of new report 'Brexit: Challenges and Opportunities for Public Sector Buyers'

With UK government public procurement spend totalling around £284 bn per year, public sector buyers account for around 13% of UK GDP. It’s therefore essential to consider the potential impact of Brexit on various possible scenarios, such as a ‘no-deal Brexit’, on public procurement – as well as highlighting potential areas of opportunity. It is important to note that a ‘no-deal’ outcome is possible at the end of the transition period at the end of 2020, even if a Withdrawal Agreement is ratified, meaning that it is still important to consider the implications of a ‘no-deal Brexit.’

Capturing the opinions of procurement leaders allows for developing a real picture of the level of knowledge and aspirations of the public sector, in addition to what is already known about the legal position of procurement in relation to Brexit. This research project surveyed procurement leaders from throughout the public sector – from local and central government and the NHS to higher education and housing associations – for their predictions, concerns and aspirations around what effects Brexit will have on UK public procurement. The survey explores areas such as:

  • The key aspects of procurement on which Brexit may have an impact
  • Areas where the expectation of Brexit has already had an impact
  • The level of impact that different Brexit scenarios, including a ‘no-deal Brexit’, might have
  • The level of preparation procurement leaders have undertaken for various Brexit scenarios

Over 80 organisations from across the UK participated, and the new survey report includes a full breakdown of the results, including analysis of how responses differed by sector and where correlations and contradictions appear. Key findings include:

  • There is a perceived lack of clarity as to the extent of Brexit’s impact on procurement.
  • A majority of procurement leaders have not undertaken preparations for Brexit.
  • Cost is viewed as the area where the impact of Brexit will be felt most keenly.
  • There is concern about the potential for disruption to supply chains, but a lack of clarity as to what the practical effect will be.
  • However, in some areas of procurement, Brexit is predicted to have little effect.

Download your copy of the full report here. Visit BiP Solutions’ dedicated Brexit resources page to keep up-to-date with all the latest information and guidance around Brexit, as the situation continues to develop.

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.

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.

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.

“One of the greatest showcases for innovation”: Procurex National 2019

The UK’s premier public procurement showcase, Procurex National 2019, took place at the NEC, Birmingham on 30 April, welcoming over 1400 delegates from both the public and private sectors. Across the four Skills Development Zones and the Public Sector Solutions Live Stage, attendees were able to enjoy a wealth of training sessions, talks by subject matter experts from all areas of the procurement landscape, and product showcases.

You can see some of the highlights from the day below.

Public Sector Solutions Live

The Public Sector Solutions Live Stage saw keynote talks from six leading experts in procurement representing the public, private and third sectors. The first speaker, Malcolm Harrison, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), stressed the need for social value at every stage of the supply chain. Mr Harrison warned against the misconception that social value is only important in local government procurement, as it is now equally important to central government in many countries across the world and in the private sector too.

You can still deliver value for money while embracing social value and the local economy agenda” – Malcolm Harrison, CEO, CIPS

The theme of social value continued in keynote talks from Mark Roberts and Claire Smart. Mr Roberts, Continuous Commercial Improvement Director at the Cabinet Office, emphasised: “A number of organisations – not just in the public sector – are stressing the need for social value. This is something we need to learn about from a variety of stakeholders.” Ms Smart, Procurement Director for the National Trust, spoke about the lessons that the charity sector and the public sector can learn from each other in procurement. Ms Smart highlighted that while many working in public procurement may find legislation such as OJEU restrictive, the absence of such rules for the charity sector can prove difficult: “Rules can distract, but they also professionalise.”

Talks from David Brown, Project Director of Online Marketplace for Dubai Expo 2020, and Adam Stewart, Regional Manager, UK Public Sector for Google Cloud, gave delegates the chance to learn more about these two innovative digital services.

The final keynote talk of the day was delivered by Simon Tse, Chief Executive of the Crown Commercial Service (CCS). Mr Tse began his talk by saying: “Procurex continues to be one of the greatest showcases for the innovation that drives public service. It offers tremendous opportunities for us all to collaborate.”

Mr Tse’s wide-ranging talk addressed areas such as the strategic goals of CCS, the balance between social value and financial savings, and the differing challenges faced by larger organisations and SMEs.

Market Support and Engagement Zone

This year at Procurex National’s Market Support and Engagement Zone delegates were given their very own ‘Passport to Early Engagement’ – as well as a complimentary BiP-branded flight pillow.

The teams on stand (Supply2Gov, Cyber Essentials, Tracker Intelligence, and Media & Marketing Solutions) were there to direct public procurement professionals to the solutions that can help their organisations to fly high.

‘Flyers’ were also given the chance to mix business and pleasure as the stand hosted a ‘paper planes’ UX competition, with the winner grabbing an experience day prize.

GO Excellence in Public Sector Procurement Live Stage

The afternoon saw several of the finalists for the evening’s UK National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2019/20 interviewed ahead of the evening’s gala Awards presentation. Representatives of finalist organisations including Scan4Safety, the Bank of England, iHELP and the Department for International Development described what prompted their procurement exercises, some of the unique challenges they faced, and their excitement about the possibility of winning an award.

David Smith, chair of the GO Awards judging panel, told the gathered nominees that “procurement people are probably the most important in any organisation.” After the interviews, every finalist was presented with a certificate announcing their nomination.

What’s next?

PH4 England is happening on 4 July 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham.

Register interest or contact us today to discuss booking your 2019 exhibition or sponsorship package asap.

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