BUYER PROCUREMENT REFORM SKILLS ZONE AGENDA

Please note agenda is subject to change

10:30 - 11:00

In December 2020, the Government laid out proposals for radical reform to public procurement, from the alignment of the different contract regulations (Public, Utilities, Defence and Security and Concessions) to the removal of up to 350 current regulations. Change is happening now and this session will provide a high level overview of both the current requirements and the future proposed amendments to the procurement regime.

Phil Kinnell, Senior Consultant, Procurement Advice and Support Service (PASS)

11:15 - 11:45

The Green Paper on Procurement Reform details some significant changes to the current procurement procedures, the use of Framework Agreements and also of Dynamic Purchasing Systems. This session will consider the implications of these changes, from the proposal to drop four of the current procedures and introduce one new and one modified procedure to the plan to introduce a new structure for Framework Agreements and greater flexibility in the use of Dynamic Purchasing Systems.

Phil Kinnell, Senior Consultant, Procurement Advice and Support Service (PASS)

12:00 - 12:30

A good tender specification is the essential for the effective delivery of your desired outcomes. Written well, it will not only ensure the contract delivers exactly what is required but can safeguard your organisation from challenge, lack of interest from suppliers, etc. This session will discuss some of the key approaches to developing specifications and will suggest which are applicable based on the context of a procurement exercise.

Phil Kinnell, Senior Consultant, Procurement Advice and Support Service (PASS)

13:00 - 13:30

CThis session will discuss some of the challenges faced by procurers who want to deliver social, economic or environmental benefits through procurement exercises. We’ll discuss relevant legislation, guidance and provide examples of the outcomes that may be achieved by using public procurement to deliver benefits to our communities.

Phil Kinnell, Senior Consultant, Procurement Advice and Support Service (PASS)

13:45 - 14:15

Working with current and potential suppliers out with a procurement procedure or contract can be of great benefit to buyers and suppliers. This session will discuss this interaction and some of the key considerations that will enhance this interaction.

Phil Kinnell, Senior Consultant, Procurement Advice and Support Service (PASS)

14:30 - 15:00

For most public procurers in the UK it’s a case of determining whether or not the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, or in Scotland the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015, apply to their procurement exercise. However there are a number of other sets of regulations that apply in specific circumstances for: procurement conducted by utility organisations; where procuring works or services on a concession basis; for defence and security requirements; and,EU funded procurements which may also have to follow separate regulations as a condition of their funding. This session is designed to explain these different sets of regulations, where they may come into play and also what to do if you have a procurement that is covered by more than one of them.

Phil Kinnell, Senior Consultant, Procurement Advice and Support Service (PASS)