Thursday, 30 November 2017

Procurex South 15th March 2018 - London Olympia



I should be presenting at BIP Solutions Procurex South next year, as well as some of their other events.  Always good events, and a good venue too.  Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

CIPS Public Sector Skills Programme




CIPS are running a series of Summer schools on Public Sector Procurement.  These 3 days that should give a good grounding in UK Public Procurement, and they expand on the two single day courses we run as open training.

Bravely I am leaving the last session to talk about Brexit.  Wish me luck. 

I shall be running all of them, though CIPS is shy of mentioning that - obviously not wanting to put people off.

Full details are available here.

Dates and venues (non-residential) are;
18-20 July 2017
Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, London
29-31 August 2017
Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport
13-15 September 2017
Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh

Monday, 10 July 2017

p4H Birmingham 12th July 2017



I'm delighted to say that I am speaking at P4H this week.  Once again looking after the Supplier's Training zone.

Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

CIPS Applying EU procurement processes - Bristol 15th June 2017

I am running the CIPS course on Applying EU Procurement Processes at the Bristol Hilton on 15th June 2017.

Full details are here.

This is a follow on day to the Introduction to Public Sector Procurement, which is running the day before.  We look in  more detail at some of the less common EU procurement processes such as Competitive Dialogue, Innovation Partnerships, Dynamic Purchasing Systems etc.

It is not essential to do the Introduction course first, but there is a reduced rate for doing both if booked together.

Hope to see you there.

Monday, 22 May 2017

CIPS Introduction to Public Procurement Bristol 14th June 2017

I shall be running the CIPS Introduction to Public Sector Procurement at the Hilton Bristol on 14th June 2017.  Details here.

This is for people newly involved in Public Sector Procurement, or those with more experience looking for a better understanding of the underlying structures and the processes.

Always a good event.  Hope to see you there.

I am not always sure that people realise that this is day 1 of 2 that we run together - the second part is Applying EU Procurement Processes, and looks in more detail at the common and less common procurement processes such as DPS, Competitive Dialogue etc.  I believe there is a discount for booking both. 

Monday, 1 May 2017

Vote, vote, vote!

Not a Procurement related post, and not deliberately political - but there is a General Election on June 8th 2017 and I really do think that we all have an obligation to vote.

Normally people say "I live in a safe seat, so there is no point" or some other idea.  However whichever side wins I bet this election will be portrayed as a referendum on the Brexit Referendum, and therefore the total number of votes cast will be a metric.  Whatever your party, and whether you are Leaver or Remainer, this time (more than usual) all votes will count.

So even if "there is no point" this time there is a point - and the more of the country that votes the more confident we can be that the government reflects the mood of the country.  Or doesn't.  Whichever.