Procurex Scotland 2019

Procurex Scotland and the Scottish Government 15th National Procurement Conference took place at the SEC, Glasgow on 29th October 2019, welcoming over 1600 delegates from the public, private and third sectors for Scotland’s festival of procurement.

Across the day delegates were able to enjoy a range of talks from speakers across two Procurex Live stages and three specialist skills zones, including the Infrastructure Zone. As well as highly-attended sessions in the Procurement Skills Zone and the Bid Support Zone, the brand new Social Value stage saw many delegates attending talks on topics from social value in the NHS to how to tackle modern slavery in supply chains.

In the Scottish Government Procurement Conference, chaired by Scotland Tonight host Rona Dougall, delegates enjoyed a range of fascinating keynote talks, beginning with Kate Forbes MSP who repeatedly stressed the “power of procurement” – the power to bring about real social, economic and environmental benefits. This theme was continued by Scott Bell, Deputy Director of Procurement Development and Construction with the Scottish Government, who described several case studies of families and individuals whose lives have been changed through the power of effective procurement – for example, allowing more effective access to diabetes treatment. Paul McNeill, Head of Community Development for the Scottish Football Association, delivered a fascinating and deeply emotional talk about the importance of football to people and communities, and how procurement can help.

Other keynote talks included Malcolm Harrison, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, discussing some of the major challenges facing procurement and supply chain at the moment, and Kersti Berge, Director of Energy and Climate Change at the Scottish Government, detailing the scale and seriousness of the climate change crisis, and how procurement, both in Scotland and further afield, can help reduce its devasting effects.

The Procurex Scotland product showcase gave delegates the opportunity to network with over 100 exhibiting organisations, including the new Scottish Government Business Support Zone, and the Market Engagement and Support hub, which offered support to suppliers looking to sell into public sector.

Ahead of the evening’s GO Awards Scotland ceremony, GO Awards finalists were invited to the exclusive GO Awards Procurement Excellence Live Stage to hear a wealth of fascinating interviews conducted by Rona Dougall.

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