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BiP Spring 2018 Event Calendar

Go Awards 2018

Our Spring events are approaching and it’s all go for the BiP Events team!

With exhibitions and GO Award ceremonies across the UK and ROI, we are looking forward to meeting delegates, exhibitors and finalists over the next few months.

We have listed our Spring 2018 events below…

GO Awards Northern Ireland

Titanic Hotel, Belfast

14 March

This event is dedicated to recognising those individuals, teams and organisations that have gone above and beyond normal standards, to make real differences to the quality of public services in Northern Ireland.

There is still time to apply!

Closing date for GO Awards Northern Ireland submissions is 5pm on Monday 5 February 2018.

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Procurex England South

Olympia London

15 March

Held in central London, this event is the largest annual gathering of pan-sector public procurement professionals and market leading suppliers.

This event is free to attend for the public sector, make sure that you and your organisation are seen at the South of England’s leading public procurement event of the year. Tickets for the private sector are just £95.

There is also limited exhibition space available for this event. To secure your stand at Procurex England South 2018 today, simply email exhibitions@procurexenglandsouth.co.uk.

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 P4H Scotland

EICC Edinburgh

20 March

The countdown is now on to Scotland’s NHS Procurement Event of the year, P4H Scotland. This event is supported by NHS & all 14 Scottish Health Boards. The inaugural P4H Scotland 2018 event will provide a unique promotional, educational and engagement platform, where professionals engaged within the delivery of NHS procurement and suppliers to the healthcare sector can connect and share best practice.

If you would like to invest in the development of new and existing business opportunities by participating in this hugely important event, you can call  0845 270 7066 to find out more.

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Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE)

Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

27 March

This event is officially supported by key procurement organisations such as DE&S.

Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) is now firmly established as the UK’s leading annual defence procurement and supply chain event.

Focused towards both buyers and suppliers engaged throughout the whole defence acquisition supply chain, DPRTE 2018 will provide attendees and exhibitors with an invaluable opportunity to enhance knowledge, share best practice and showcase innovation, in addition to gaining an invaluable insight into the latest policies, initiatives and opportunities across the defence procurement and supply chain marketplace.

Those exhibiting get the opportunity to engage with defence sector procurement buyers from across the country. This one-day networking event will allow you to promote your product or service and build valuable relationships with buyers, giving your business a competitive advantage.

To discuss the exhibition packages available at DPRTE 2018 contact our team at: exhibitions@dprte.co.uk

 DPRTE 2018

UK Infrastructure Show

NEC Birmingham

17 April

Promote your innovative solutions to over 1300 decision makers at the UK Infrastructure Show 2018.

This event is officially supported by CompeteFor and many other major ongoing and future infrastructure projects. Participants at this event can engage, connect and collaborate with each other.

To discuss how your organisation can benefit from exhibiting at the UK Infrastructure Show 2018, email: exhibitions@ukinfrastructureshow.co.uk

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Procurex England North

Manchester Central

24 April

Would your organisation like to be part of the North of England’s Festival of Public Procurement?

Procurex England North, featuring the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Showcase, and followed by the UK National GO Awards, will give both procurement professionals from across all sectors and industry-leading suppliers a unique opportunity to explore and interact with the key themes of Innovation, Education and Collaboration.

At this event both buyers and suppliers will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills through the extensive networking and collaboration opportunities that are taking place.

Like Procurex England South, this event is free to attend for the public sector. Tickets for the private sector are just £95.

To secure your stand at Procurex England North, email: exhibitions@procurexenglandnorth.co.uk

 Procurex North 2018

UK National GO Awards

Hilton, Deansgate

24 April

The GO Awards truly are the ‘Oscars of Procurement’. All categories are judged independently and there is a strong focus on the endeavours of projects, organisations and teams that strive to lead the way in public procurement.

Closing date for submissions is Friday 2 March 2018.

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Procurex Ireland

RDS Dublin

April 26

Our last spring event is Procurex Ireland 2018. This unique event gives procurement professionals across all sectors and industry-leading suppliers from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland a unique opportunity to explore the key themes of Innovation, Education and Collaboration.

There is still time to register for your place for this event.

To find out further details of the exclusive sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available, email: sponsorship@procurexireland.ie

 

 Procurex Ireland

BiP Events

All events that are hosted by BiP Solutions are featured in our events diary. Attending and exhibiting at procurement events will allow your organisation to experience new and exciting procurement networking opportunities.

Why innovation in public procurement should be top of decision makers’ to-do lists

innovation in public procurement

Whether you’re a buyer, supplier or decision maker, the goal of public procurement is the same – to deliver high quality public services at good value for money.

In order to meet this goal as efficiently as possible, there must be a willingness to embrace innovation in public procurement wherever it is needed; whether it’s the hospital that needs a sustainable redesign, the school that could do with new tables and chairs or an NHS trust which needs a complete overhaul of its antiquated digital processes.

A study of procurement professionals’ attitudes to innovation by Wax Digital found that 80% of those who work in procurement identified innovation as being very important or of utmost importance to their roles going forward. However, there are too few examples of public organisations solving their procurement problems in a genuinely innovative way at a time when making public procurement more innovative should be at the top of decision makers’ to-do lists.

Innovation was one of the central themes at last week’s DPRTE event with Nick Elliott, Director General Commercial at Defence Equipment and Support, delivering the event’s keynote speech which emphasised the importance of finding innovative solutions in defence procurement. Mr Elliott encouraged both buyers and suppliers to “embrace disruption; build innovation into your organisation’s DNA” and we think these principles can just as easily apply to public procurement.

In 2015, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a major piece of research entitled Public Procurement For Innovation: Good Practices and Strategies. The study found that governments around the world are realising the importance of innovation in procurement, and are implementing policies to bring the two closer together.

Almost 80% of the countries which responded to the survey have taken measures to support innovation in procurement, and 50% already have a dedicated, government-led action plan to assist in their efforts. In the UK, this is Innovate UK.

These initiatives  which have been launched by governments around the world have led to innovation in public procurement, including:

  • The use of LED light bulbs in public lighting, resulting in more energy savings
  • Innovative solutions for traffic management, such as mobile traffic management systems for roadworks and major incidents to reduce congestion
  • Bringing technology to senior citizens with the Smart house platform for senior housing residence

However, although these good practice cases and research shows that implementing innovative procurement practices improves effectiveness, efficiency and user satisfaction in organisations, there is still the perception that it is risky; bodies in charge of procurement are generally averse to risk, and buyers would rather stick with what they know than deviate from the norm.

Indeed, research shows that innovation in procurement is associated with higher risk simply because organisations lack the resources and skills to mitigate risk successfully rather than because innovative procurement is actually riskier, and it’s often the case that organisational cultures have a bias towards traditional methods.

However, we think you should heed the advice of Mr Elliott by embracing disruption and building it into your organisation’s DNA.

Regardless of where you fall in the procurement supply chain, innovation should be top of your to-do list.

Securing public and private cyberspace: Procurex Wales

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A recent report from McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC estimated that globally cyber crime costs $400 billion a year. Here – ahead of his talk at Procurex Wales – Paul Clarke, Managing Director of cyber security firm Xenubis, tells BiP journalist Julie Shennan how the threat is evolving and what the supply chain can do to tackle it.

Xenubis is a global IT firm that provides intelligence and security solutions to identify cyber espionage and criminal activity across the physical, human and digital dimensions. Managing Director Paul Clarke is a passionate advocate of cyber awareness, speaking at events such as DPRTE and Procurex Wales on the topic.

Mr Clarke’s concern is well reasoned; earlier this year internet service provider (ISP) Beaming surveyed over 500 UK firms and found that one in eight had suffered malware attacks costing an average of £10,516 to manage.

Mr Clarke noted: That is only the cost that we know of; a lot of companies don’t make their breaches or attacks public knowledge. This cost also does not count the effects on reputation and customer confidence.”

He went on to explain that globally cyber crime was outpacing traditional crime.

He said: “It is bigger than the global drugs trade. Cyber crime is more convenient to criminals than analogue crime; they don’t have to leave home or smuggle anything, so there is no way that the criminals are going to stop committing it.”

Hacktivist culture is also making cyber breaches easier to commit.

Mr Clarke warned: “Cyber attackers’ skills and tools are more advanced than ever; you can go to the Dark Net now and get a hackers kit which comes equipped with a fully managed helpdesk, allowing people with no experience to attempt a breach. So the threat is not now just from state-sponsored activists, it is also from organised criminals and collectives, such as Anonymous, who might have other motives.”

This increasing range of hacker types, Mr Clarke observed, is facilitated by the mobilisation of the Internet of Things. “The increasing connectivity of smartphones will in turn provide an increased marketplace for criminals,” he cautioned.

“So if you are thinking of making your business mobile-responsive then you need to think about cyber risk and cyber security. This threat is not going to go away; it is just going to get more advanced.”

Mr Clarke speaks from years of experience – having worked as a security advisor to government, as a private cyber security consultant and as a former Serviceman. However, he explained that the facts of the cyber threat were plain for all to see.

He said: “There is a lot of information out there on cyber breaches; TalkTalk, LinkedIn and the Panama Papers data leak all show how common cyber attacks are. Every bit of information in the news shows that the cyber threat is real and will affect most people at some point.”  

SMEs, Mr Clarke added, are no exception.

He emphasised: “SMEs, especially non-finance SMEs, might be tempted to think that they are too insignificant to be targeted, but this not the case. Money is going lost in normal transactions and through breaches of customers’ emails.”

With that in mind Mr Clarke urged suppliers of all sizes to invest in good cyber security.

He said: “The threat is real; it’s a case of when not if an attacker will target your company. Companies need to approach the topic of cyber security, understand how cyber threats manifest themselves in their business and how they can protect themselves at the highest level possible.”

This means prime contractors examining their whole supply chain and identifying any soft spots that hackers could target. “Attackers will target the easiest route into this supply chain, so it is up to the prime contractors to ensure that their partners are protected,” he explained.

Mr Clarke also urged the CEOs of all companies to take ownership of their organisation’s cyber security.

He said: “CEOs must start from the top down and implement education, training and awareness to ensure that everything possible is being done to protect data, money and reputation.

CEOs and senior executives need to understand that it is up to them to protect their own and their customers’ data by mitigating risk. Ministers are now discussing the consequences for company leaders who do not protect their data, such as fines from regulatory boards.”

While cyber security failures could be cause for punishment, cyber vigilance could equally be cause for reward, with the Government’s Cyber Essentials Scheme (CES) recognising responsible organisations.

Mr Clarke explained: “If you want to be on government supply chains you need to ensure you are signed up to the Cyber Essential programme. You must also ensure your IT team have the relevant external tools – to understand where the cyber threat come from and how to mitigate the threat – and if the IT team don’t have these tools then they must outsource them.”

Mr Clarke recognises the UK cyber skills shortage, saying not enough operational and academic training is currently on offer – to the right people – to tackle the cyber threat head-on. However, he remains optimistic that the public and private sectors can work together to make up this shortfall.

He concluded: “Government should work with the private sector to help suppliers raise awareness, increase compliance with Cyber Essentials and increase access to cyber protection tools.”

For more information come to see Mr Clarke speak at Procurex Wales Digital Procurement Zone    on 6 October 2016.