Future Shape of Procurement Zone Agenda


A New Era for Procurement and Supply

10.30 - 10.45

Who were the procurement “heroes of the crisis” and what should procurement and supply professionals focus on to build a more resilient future?

The Light Touch Regime during COVID-19

11.00 - 11.15

The public sector has been thrust into the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis, without any wish to be there.

This session looks at the rules governing Light Touch Regime contracts and also highlight other options offered by the Public Contracts Regulations, that can be used by organisations to ease their procurement problems during a crisis.

The Importance of Robust Supply Chains Post Covid-19

11.30 - 11.45

Recovery and Transition

12.00 - 12.15

As normality slowly returns, following the COVID-19 pandemic, what steps should buyers start to take in terms of futureproofing contracts against unknown risks in the future?

This session considers the latest guidance and offers some suggestions on what buyers will need to consider moving forward.

Bringing Alliancing in Construction to life for the Scottish Public Sector

12.45 - 13.00

An introduction on how the adoption of an Alliance based approach to managing construction projects and programmes can maximise the opportunity for collaboration and improved outcomes for Scottish Public Sector Clients.

Responsible Contractual Behaviour

13.00 - 13.15

Previous guidance from Cabinet Office identified the need for responsible and fair behaviour in contracts, particularly in dealing with potential disputes, to ensure better long-term outcomes for jobs and the economy.

This session will look at the application of the guidance from the buyers’ perspective, considering issues around contracting arrangements, how this should apply throughout the supply chain and how it will, in the long term, protect businesses, supply chains and opportunities in the economy

GO Awards Scotland - Finalists Panel interview

13.20 - 13.40

Preparing for the future post-COVID-19

14.00 - 14.15

There can be no doubt that the procurement landscape will look different post-COVID-19.

Many issues have arisen during the pandemic and some of these will shape the future of how you build specifications and what you will expect from contractors and contracts.

This session will identify some of the areas that will require rethinking and how, whether running a tender exercise or managing a contract, the buyer will need to ensure greater emphasis is placed on the management of contracts.

Getting Ready for Brexit - Impact of Brexit on Procurement

14.45 - 15.00

While the impact of Brexit on public procurement is likely to be limited, at least in the short term, this session will discuss the practical considerations for public procurers, and will look at the potential impact on legislation and public procurement policy should a ‘no deal’ Brexit occur at any point.

Getting Ready for Brexit - Effective Transition Planning

15.00 - 15.15

The UK has left the EU and the transition period comes to an end on 31 December 2020. For months buyers have been focussed on dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, however time is moving quickly and the need to start planning for an effective transition is here.

This session will look at some of the key areas that authorities will need to begin focussing on, in terms of their procurement function, from getting ready for the change from OJEU to the Find a Tender portal, to managing supply chains and updating Contract Clauses and Terms and Conditions to take consideration of possible changes post-Brexit.

Getting Ready for Brexit - Dispute Settlement: What happens after Europe?

15.15 - 15.20

When the UK Government published the White Paper ‘The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union’ in February 2017, amongst the many issues addressed was the need for some form of Dispute Settlement Mechanism.

The Government stated that “We will bring to an end the jurisdiction of the CJEU in the UK” but also acknowledged that “ensuring a fair and equitable implementation of our future relation with the EU requires provision for dispute resolution”.

This session considers the possible options that could be taken to resolve procurement disputes in the future.

*Agendas subject to change