Procurement Skills Zone Agenda

Framework Agreements and Dynamic Purchasing Systems

10.30 - 10.50

Procurement continues to face challenging times, so this session will look at the use of Framework Agreements and Dynamic Purchasing Systems, as quicker routes to market for buyers and the key issues to consider in their use.
The session will consider various issues including the benefits and limitations of both processes and how buyers can speed up the procurement timescale, engage faster with suppliers and ensure they achieve the outcomes they seek.

Is the Insider Threat Real?

11.00 - 11.15

The use of Regulation 33 for Urgent Requirements

11.30 - 11.50

The Regulations have always allowed for extensions, modifications or non-competitive contract awards.

This session looks at the rules around how buyers can award contracts without competition in matters of extreme urgency and the rules that must be adhered to.

Competitive Procedure and Competitive Dialogue – Pro’s and Con’s

12.00 - 12.20

When procuring something that isn’t straightforward, the regulations offer two options – Competitive Procedure with Negotiation and Competitive Dialogue.
The key is choosing the right one.
This session looks at the benefits and pitfalls around both options and identifies some of the important issues that buyers need to consider before selecting the best option for them.

Delivering Social and Environmental Benefits through Procurement

12.30 - 12.50

Contract Management – Easy as 1,2,3

13.00 – 13.15

Rules on Extensions to Existing Contracts

14.00 - 14.20

If a contract doesn’t permit for an extension to the original period, then adding an extension can be a risky issue.

This session looks at the rules covering contract extension and considers how this can be achieved, within the parameters of the Regulations and without putting the authority at the risk of challenge.

What Brexit might mean for Procurement

14.30 - 15.00

Considerate Contracting: Writing Tender Documents with the Supplier in Mind

15.00 - 15.40

*Agendas subject to change