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Deadline approaching for the UK National GO Awards

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There’s still time to submit your entry for the UK National GO Awards before the deadline of Friday 1st March.

The GO Awards celebrate the best in public procurement from throughout the UK, recognising contributions from the public, private and third sectors. Entering the awards gives you the opportunity to raise your profile, share best practice with your peers, and have your organisation’s procurement success story recognised. Learn more and enter the awards here.

As well as the prestige of a nomination, there’s the networking opportunities afforded by the GO Awards presentation ceremony. Whether you are a supplier to or a buyer for the public sector, the GO Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate procurement excellence, gain best practice insight and meet fellow procurement professionals at the networking opportunity of the year. Taking place on the evening of Procurex National, 30th April, the exclusive, black-tie UK National GO Awards ceremony will be held this year at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham.

Grahame Steed, Business Intelligence and eSourcing Director at BiP Solutions, said of the awards:

 It’s hard to believe that the submissions deadline for the National UK GO Awards is so near – 1st March, in case you don’t have it in your diary. With so much change happening across the public sector, the recognition of consistent excellence and best practice is more important than ever before. We’re looking forward to once again recognising and celebrating progress across the entire public sector supply chain, culminating with the Awards ceremony on 30th April. I urge all organisations across the public sector – and those working with them – to take the time to enter these Awards.

To view all the categories of awards, learn more and submit your entry today, click here.

To find out more about BiP Solutions, visit www.bipsolutions.com.

BiP Solutions launches second report in series exploring local government procurement

New market report considers local government trends, challenges and opportunities in a digital world

Download your exclusive copy of the report here.

Today, BiP Solutions is pleased to launch the second in our series of reports focusing on the changing landscape of public sector procurement. Our latest report considers the impact of this changing landscape for local government in an ever-evolving digital world.

The publishing of the Government’s Transformation Strategy effectively kickstarted the journey of digital transformation for Government with many local authorities taking advantage of the components available to them through GOV.UK.

In fact, across local government today, digital transformation is playing a significant role in meeting the needs and expectations of citizens. In light of this, our report considers the key digital trends and innovative approaches transforming service delivery for citizens. It also considers current spend within local government, with a particular focus on IT/Digital spend, and also draws on findings from recent research conducted by our colleagues at iGov Survey to highlight the specific procurement challenges and opportunities facing local government and the wider public sector.

Eddie Regan, PASS Training Consultant at BiP Solutions, said of this research:

The timing of the latest iGov Survey is quite appropriate, given the current uncertainty about Brexit and the continual questions about what impact it may or may not have on public procurement.

Early engagement, innovation and emerging new technologies all have a massive role to play in the future direction of public procurement. The public sector cannot afford to fall behind and this research highlights that whilst the sector is moving in the right direction, more does need to be done to upskill procurement teams and develop effective supplier relationships that deliver true value for all involvement in the procurement process, including and not forgetting, service users.’

Our report also reflects on our recent Procurex Events in Wales and Scotland and considers key ways take to get ahead if you are looking to tap into the local government marketplace, regardless of your prior experience of procurement.

To read the report in full, please access your personal copy here.

To find out more about our solutions, please visit: www.bipsolutions.com

Brexit latest: publishing contracts if there’s no deal

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After a tumultuous week in Westminster, the situation surrounding the UK’s exit from the EU continues to be dynamic. Although the ‘meaningful vote’ of 15th January has now taken place, and the Government has survived a no-confidence vote,  much remains to be decided and clarified – not least before the next vote, currently scheduled for 29th January.

However, preparations are underway for various outcomes, and what their effect will be for public procurement in the UK. At BiP Solutions, we are working hard behind the scenes to ensure it continues to be ‘business as usual’ for our customers post 29th March and are pleased to share the update below.

What has the Government said about ‘no deal’?

As previously described in a technical note published in September, the Government has stated that it will ensure that the regulation for public procurement will continue to function in the “unlikely event” of a ‘no-deal’ exit. Current regulations will be adapted as necessary to remain in operation, should this situation arise. The Government reassures that most procurement regulations “will remain exactly the same.”

What might change?

If the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal deal being agreed, the key change for public procurement will be that contracting authorities would be required to send notices to a new, UK-specific e-notification service. This would replace the need to send to the EU Publications Office and Tenders Electronic Daily. Advertising in Contracts Finder, MOD Defence Contracts Online, Public Contracts Scotland, Sell2Wales and eTendersNI would remain a requirement, as is currently the case.

As a leading e-Sender, BiP Solutions has been working closely with the Cabinet Office to develop this new service.

What will reduce the level of action needed?

As we understand the Cabinet Office’s current guidance, contracting authorities which currently use an ‘e-Sender’, a third-party provider, to submit publications to the EU Publications Office will be able to continue with this approach, regardless of the outcome of Brexit negotiations. However, this is dependent on e-Senders also completing the integration process to send notices to the new UK-specific e-notification service, should this be enacted.

Simon Burges, CEO of BiP Solutions, said:

I am delighted to say that BiP Solutions were one of the first e-Senders in the UK to confirm to the Cabinet Office that we will integrate our services with the new UK e-notification service. This is great news for our customers, since any authority working with BiP will need to take very little action to change their current method of publishing contracts, unlike other e-Senders who may be required to publish notices manually.

This year, we celebrate our 35th anniversary and whilst our operation has grown considerably in size and scope over the years, our core values remain unchanged. We will continue to remain at the heart of the buyer/supplier relationship and support our customers through all stages of their procurement journey, and that includes providing advice and guidance – deal or no deal.

Contracting authorities who work with other e-Senders or who submit their notices directly to the EU Publication Office may need to publish their notices manually to the new UK notification service. Information as to how to do this has not yet been released, meaning that these organisations will have to await further advice depending on future developments.

To find out more about how BiP Solutions can help with your contract and tendering needs, visit www.bipsolutions.com or call (+44) 0141 332 8247.

New digital paths for health, work and business a major focus within the NHS Long Term Plan

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Earlier this month, the NHS published its Long Term Plan. The Plan details how the £20.5 billion budget settlement for the NHS, confirmed in the summer of last year, will be spent over the next five years.

For patients, the Plan focuses on delivering ‘the best start in life’ for everyone, community health, and allowing people to age well. From the perspective of the NHS itself, the Plan will focus on driving efficiency, both in terms of organisation and affording individual workers easier and more effective working practices.

A major focus of the Plan concerns digital transformation. This will include such innovations as the NHS App, allowing for a single way for patients to identify themselves across a range of local and national services.

Associated apps and digital solutions will no doubt be embraced wholeheartedly by a range of NHS institutions, as a recent iGov Survey found that 72% of respondents from the NHS would like to deliver patient health apps as part of their Wi-Fi solution, while more than two-thirds stated that patient access to online appointment bookings will be beneficial.

At BiP Solutions, we recognise both the challenges and opportunities presented by digital transformation facing healthcare buyers and suppliers today.

In fact, our most recent report considered the digital trends and innovative approaches playing a significant role in today’s NHS through boosting efficiencies and, crucially, saving lives. You can access a complimentary copy here.

It’s no secret that the NHS is a hugely complex organisation, with hundreds of separate but connected organisations, and navigating the ways they link, share information and work together can sometimes be difficult for NHS staff, let alone those seeking to work with NHS trusts. The digital transformation element of the Long Term Plan promises to ease the burden of the NHS’ complexity for patients and staff.

If you’re looking to cut through the difficulties of understanding how NHS organisations are related and talk to the right person to do business with, BiP Solutions’ Ingenium community can help. Our data community holds contact details for all senior decision-makers throughout the NHS, which we combine with a deep understanding of the NHS’ structure to deliver relevant and engaging digital marketing campaigns.

The Long Term Plan will reshape many NHS working practices, the ways patients interact with the NHS, and the way that business is done too. For businesses, it’ll therefore be important to keep up-to-date with the latest developments, as changes are set to happen throughout the NHS supply chain. An easy way for businesses to ensure they’re staying abreast of the latest changes is through Tracker’s business intelligence modules which offer an easy one-stop, complete source of information on public sector procurement.

Additionally, a major element of the Plan’s overhaul of working methods will be further innovations in terms of technology and equipment needed. For example, the Plan’s stated aims include new ways of managing and storing data, as well as novel methods of treating patients and providing care. With innovation a primary concern, it’s important that businesses are able to join conversations with NHS buyers earlier, to ensure that they can gain a real understanding of the requirement – or even shape discussion about the solution needed.

In fact, Gareth Rhys Williams, Government Chief Commercial Officer and Non-Executive Director at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), said at our recent Procurex Scotland event that “early engagement is absolutely crucial.” He also noted that both buyers and suppliers should be encouraged to engage earlier to get the best out of a procurement exercise:

“If we don’t engage with the market, we won’t understand what the market can offer or what suppliers have developed for a different buyer elsewhere in the country. If we do not talk to suppliers then we miss out on opportunities and we will end up trying to procure something that they may not be able to deliver.”

How we can help

As mentioned before, Ingenium can put businesses in touch with key NHS stakeholders ahead of the tender process, helping conversations happen earlier.

Additionally, Tracker aids early engagement, thanks to easy viewing of upcoming contract renewals and recurring projects through ‘Market Leads’, meaning businesses can discuss these needs ahead of tender publication. Meanwhile, Tracker’s ‘Spend Analysis’ allows for an overview of what organisations are spending and with whom – helping businesses to shape future discussions by understanding how individual NHS trusts spend and work.

The transformation of the NHS via the Long Term Plan looks set to radically overhaul the way that the NHS, patients and businesses interact. We look forward to working digitally together with the NHS as the Plan unfolds.

Further reading

View the Long Term Plan here.

Access our latest Healthcare market report here.

To find out more about our solutions, please visit: www.bipsolutions.com

Scottish Budget 2018

Against the backdrop of uncertainty caused by the UK’s impending exit from the European Union, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP has delivered the 2018 Scottish Budget (December 12th).

Describing it as a “fair and progressive budget” Derek Mackay presented a business-friendly package, while placing the protection of public services at the heart of this Budget Statement.

Below you can find a breakdown of key Scottish Budget 2018 figures in addition to which public sector opportunities await your industry.

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A £50 million ‘Town Centre Fund’ will provide much needed support for Scotland’s high streets. There will also be a cap put on business rates below inflation, providing a tax cut for small businesses, which Mackay described as “the most generous system anywhere in the UK”. The partnership between the private sector and the Scottish Government has played an important role in recent years, which was championed by the Cabinet Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills Jamie Hepburn MSP at Procurex Scotland, in which he encouraged businesses to consider the welfare of local communities and the environment, calling on suppliers to “not be risk averse”.

Housing

An investment of £825 million -as part of an overall fund of £3 billion- will help deliver 50,000 affordable homes over the course of this parliament, which has been the cornerstone of Housing Minister Kevin Stewart’s construction agenda.

Education

Describing education as the Scottish Government’s “defining mission”, the Finance Secretary set out bold new proposals for Scottish schools. £180m will be used to close the attainment gap, including £120m, which will be directed towards headteacher budgets through ‘Pupil Equity Funding’. £600m will also be given to colleges and £1 billion has been secured for Scotland’s world-class universities. £214m has been set aside for apprenticeships and skills; providing a gateway in to employment for many of Scotland’s young people.

Healthcare

An increase of £730m will be provided to NHS Scotland, which is the equivalent to hiring 19,000 nurses, as Derek Mackay confirmed “health is a top priority for the government”, which accounts for almost half of the Scottish Government’s overall spending.

Local Government

The Scottish Government will provide “a real terms increase in the total local government settlement of over £210m” Mackay said, taking the local government budget to £11.1 billion. This will be welcome news for Fife Council executive director Keith Winter, who was a keynote speaker at Procurex Scotland, where he championed “social justice” as he encouraged councillors to adopt a global strategy moving forward.

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

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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

 

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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.

Ingenium Set to Deliver Digital Services for the Crown Commercial Service

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In April, BiP announced the launch of our new North of England office in the Media City area of Manchester, which is now home to two of the BiP Group’s brands, Ingenium and Promark Media.

Over the past eight months, the Glasgow and Manchester offices have been working increasingly closely and we are delighted with the process so far.

Ingenium has recently announced some exciting news.  The team in Manchester has been contracted to deliver digital services for the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) and will be creating a database for them. This innovative new project will support the delivery of a series of targeted e-marketing campaigns, designed to raise the profile of CCS.

What does Ingenium do?

Ingenium IDS specialises in lead generation, content creation, data, surveys and online events. The team has a list of high-profile clients including BT, Capita, KPMG, Deloitte, Hays, Apple and IBM.

Ingenium IDS is an established brand and has been helping businesses to communicate successfully with the UK public sector via digital marketing for over ten years. Unlike other digital specialists, Ingenium IDS works across all industries, combining data excellence with purpose-built technology.

What’s Next?

This new project will promote CCS across sectors including local government, the NHS, education, housing associations, and charities.

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Sam Gilding, Head of Sales at Ingenium IDS, is incredibly pleased with the contract win.

“In September 2017, Ingenium IDS was invited to respond to a Crown Commercial Service (CCS) mini-competition. CCS was interested in contracting with a supplier that could provide licensed access to a third-party database of organisation and individual contacts across the whole of the public sector.

I’m delighted to share that Ingenium delivered a response that demonstrated, coverage, quality and compliance and has now contracted to deliver this service.”

To find out more about BiP’s products and services, please visit our website.

Spring Budget 2017 – Industry Highlights

Spring Budget 2017 – Industry Highlights

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Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond presented the Government’s Spring Budget on 8 March, focusing on national productivity, social care, changes to self-employment regulations and business tax rates, as well as investments in infrastructure to boost economic growth.

The £23 billion National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF), which was announced in the last Autumn Statement, is starting to be allocated, with £300 million committed to science and innovation research, £270 million to researching the disruptive technologies of the future, £16 million to a 5G mobile technology hub and £200 million to the Government’s National 5G Innovation Network.

The Spring Budget, which was Mr Hammond’s first and is to be his last with the Government moving towards a single fiscal event taking place each autumn, also announced fresh investment into a number of sectors.

Read on to discover what public sector pipelines of work await your industry sector.

Regional Government:

Local Authorities:

  • Local authorities will benefit from a £300 million fund to deliver discretionary relief to target individual cases in their local areas.

 Infrastructure:

  • National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) to provide £23 billion of infrastructure additional spending, to ensure that the UK’s economy is ‘fit for the future’.
  • The NPIF will provide major additional spending in areas that are key to boosting productivity, including:
    • Transport
    • Digital Communications
    • Research and Development (R&D)
    • Housing
    • Infrastructure funding for roads in the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine, as well as a fund to tackle urban congestion; there was also a welcome emphasis on technical skills.
  • NPIF will invest £740 million in digital infrastructure by 2020/21 to support the next generation of fast and reliable mobile and broadband communications for consumers and businesses. This includes:
  • Creating a new National 5G Innovation Network to trial and demonstrate 5G applications, and for the UK to become a world leader in the next wave of mobile technology and services.
    • The first phase will invest up to £16 million in a cutting-edge 5G facility with the technology to run the trials, delivered through cooperation between leading 5G research institutions. A new centre of 5G expertise within government will oversee this programme, working with public and private sector partners. Funding for future trials will be awarded on a competitive basis.
  • £200 million for local projects to leverage private sector investment in the Government’s National 5G Innovation Network.
  • £250 million to be invested over the next four years, with plans to build the pipeline of high-skilled research talent necessary for a growing and innovative economy. This includes:
    • £90 million to provide an additional 1000 PhD places in areas aligned with the Industrial Strategy, 85% of which will be in STEM disciplines with 40% directly helping strengthen collaboration between business and academia through industrial partnerships.
    • £160 million to support new fellowships for early and mid-career researchers in areas aligned to the Industrial Strategy.
  • £500 million investment in technical education for 16 to 19 year olds with new ‘T-levels’ to be introduced in autumn 2019. Students will be able to choose from 15 different routes such as construction, digital or agriculture; as part of the course, all students will take part in an industry work placement.
    The Government will also provide maintenance loans for students doing higher-level technical courses at National Colleges and Institutes of Technology – like those available to university students.
  • £210 million will create new fellowships, including programmes to attract top global talent to conduct research in areas such as bioscience and biotechnology, quantum technologies, and satellite and space technology.
  • £2 billion for adult social care over the next three years, with the aim of providing high-quality social care to more people to help ease pressure on the NHS.
  • £425 million investment in the NHS over the next three years, including:
    • £325 million to be invested in a first set of the best local Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) to improve patient services in local regions.
    • £100 million to go to A&E departments in 2017/18, to help them manage demand ahead of next winter, and help patients get to primary care faster.
  • £216 million to be invested in school maintenance projects.

 Housing:

  • £36 billion to be spent on housing and environment in 2017/18.

 

Health & Social Care:

  • £149 billion to be spent in health in 2017/18, with an additional £425 million for investment in the NHS to come over the next three years. This includes:
    • £100 million to go towards accident and emergency departments in 2017/18 to help them prepare for winter and provide more on-site GP facilities.
  • An additional £2 billion earmarked for adult social care spending over the next three years.

Transport:

  • £37 billion to be spent on transport in 2017/18.
  • £690 million to be spent on new local transport projects, with £490 million made available by early autumn 2017.
  • This funding is allocated through the National Productivity Investment Fund with the aim of improving congestion on roads and public transport, and includes:
  • £220 million to improve congestion points on national roads.
  • £90 million going to the North.
  • £23 million going to the Midlands.
  • Supporting improvements on the A483 corridor in Cheshire and on the Leicester Outer Ring Road.
    • More details of individual schemes to be announced by the Department for Transport shortly.

Defence & Security:

  • £48 billion to be spent on defence in 2017/18.

Research & Development:

  • £4.7 billion from the NPIF spent on R&D, to support the UK’s world-leading research and ensure that the next generation of discoveries are made, developed and commercialised in Britain.

Education

  • £102 billion to be spent on education in 2017/18.
  • £320 million to fund new free schools and £216 million to be invested in school maintenance.
  • Free transport scheme for children from poorer families to go to selective schools.

Technology:

  • £270 million invested to launch the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) to develop disruptive technologies that have the potential to transform the UK economy. This includes investment on projects such as:
  • Leading the world in the development, design and manufacture of batteries that will power the next generation of electric vehicles, helping to tackle air pollution.
  • Developing cutting-edge artificial intelligence and robotics systems that will operate in extreme and hazardous environments, including offshore energy, nuclear energy, space and deep mining.
  • Accelerating patient access to new drugs and treatments through developing brand-new medicine manufacturing technologies, helping to improve public health.

Oil & Gas:

  • A panel of industry experts is to be established to mull how tax can assist sales of North Sea oil and gas fields, with a report of the findings due at the Autumn Budget 2017.

SMEs:

  • Small businesses and landlords under the VAT threshold will have an extra year to prepare for Making Tax Digital (MTD).
  • Unincorporated businesses (businesses owned privately by one or more people) that have an annual turnover below the VAT registration threshold will have until April 2019 to prepare before MTD becomes mandatory.
  • Under MTD, businesses will use digital software to keep tax records and update HMRC quarterly.
  • £435 million to support businesses affected by the business rates relief revaluation. This means no small business that is coming out of small business rates relief will pay more than £600 more in business rates this year than they did in 2016/17.
  • Funding for local authorities will allow them to provide £300 million of discretionary relief to provide help to businesses most affected by the revaluation.
  • From April 2017, pubs with a rateable value up to £100,000 will be able to claim a £1000 business rates discount for one year.

Brexit: A Buyer Perspective

Brexit Buyer Perspective

The possibilities for post-Brexit public sector procurement are endless: for instance, it could reduce the legislative burden on suppliers or allow UK buyers to favour national goods/services.

While there is real potential for positive change, nothing will be known for sure until Brexit negotiations are completed. However, if you are working within the UK marketplace it is natural to want to prepare for the future.

So instead of listening to the naysayers, why not listen to public sector buyers who have sound knowledge of the subject?

Brexit: A Buyer Perspective hears from UK public sector buyers, revealing their forecasts for post-Brexit procurement reform, as well as opinions on how changes could be capitalised upon.

Written in layman’s terms, A Buyer Perspective shows the survey results from a cross-section of UK procurement officials, with detailed analysis of the results.

The report examines public sector buyer opinion across a range of topics including Brexit’s impact on future procurement activities, thresholds and procedures, along with the possibility of favouring bids from UK suppliers.

Free to download as a PDF, Brexit: A Buyer Perspective can be consumed on the go or easily printed.

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LGPE 2016 Review

LGPE

Leading the way in local government procurement, LGPE (Local Government Procurement Expo) returned for a second year at London Olympia on 2 November 2016.

Opening the event, Public Sector Consultant Colin Cram said:

“Local government is going to be at the heart of public service delivery transformation; it is getting more and more devolution from Whitehall, so local government will be responsible for more and more public services.”

Reflecting on this change was Tower Hamlets Council CEO Will Tuckley, whose LGPE keynote explained the importance of devolution in reshaping UK healthcare.

Mr Tuckley said:

“Devolution creates lots of opportunities to use the best expertise we have in local government and the NHS – across the public sector – to get better value.

“In these hardened times we still spend a lot of money ensuring that people have better chances in their lives and one of the ways people have better chances is by being healthier; so it is all of our responsibilities to work together to produce better outcomes. Devolution enables us to do this by taking decisions closer to these communities.”

Also keen to improve local government spend was Malcolm Harbour CBE, who outlined his hopes for the future in the LGPE keynote ‘Innovation in Procurement’.

He stressed:

“Public sector procurement people should be more ambitious, not too prescriptive; they should think about the big problems they want to solve then bring big ideas together to solve them. This is the way that we are going to get better public services that are more efficient at a better cost, doing a better job.”

While Mr Harbour recognised the importance of budget efficiencies, he added that procurement reform required more.

He explained:

“Procurement tends to be seen as a technocratic and bureaucratic exercise, whereas actually it is far more important than that; so procurement leaders need to ensure that they combine innovation in their strategy for the communities that they serve.”

Echoing this sentiment was Eastleigh Borough Council CEO Nick Tustian, who spoke at the LGPE Adding Value Training Zone.

Mr Tustian said:

In recent years I have noticed how you have to go through quite a massive cultural and organisational change to get to be commercially minded in procurement and I don’t think most public sector organisations really appreciate the level of change needed.”

He added: “Events like LGPE are essential to help people share their knowledge; everyone is on the same journey, just at different points along the way. I love coming to these events because I love listening to others; there is a lot of good practice out there.”

Best practice tips were shared in the LGPE keynote as well as in the Adding Value, Professional Procurement Skills, Social Value and Supplier Training Zones. Between training sessions, both buyers and suppliers took to the conference floor to network.

Peter Marshall, Professional Services Director at Commerce Decisions, said:

“I hosted a talk at LGPE about the development of appropriate evaluation criteria and after hosting the talk I got lots of people coming up to my stand, looking to chat about their projects and organisations.”

He continued:

“Partnering at an event like LGPE is a very important part of starting to understand your supply base and partners. If you want to ensure that you are getting the best value for money out of your bidders then you need to engage with them as early as possible.”

Reflecting on the conference, Social Value UK’s Communications and Membership Coordinator Christina Berry-Moorcroft commented in a similar vein:

“We managed to chat to people who are in charge of procurement as well as businesses that are tendering bids.”

Echoing this sentiment was Sims Recycling Solutions Business Development Manager, Guillaume Maricourt.

He said:

“I have most enjoyed networking at LGPE; sometimes we have talked to people in procurement who are not in IT but have helped us get in touch with the IT procurement department for their companies.

“If you want to get involved with procurement in the public sector then LGPE is definitely a good show to be at.”

Register your interest in next year’s event by visiting the LGPE website