Attendees at FinditinWorcestershire’s latest breakfast meeting yesterday morning (Tuesday 18 September) had the chance to meet some of the region’s public sector buyers behind a variety of contracting opportunities.
The ‘Public Sector Procurement Special’ event took place at Sixways Stadium and gave insight into the tender procedures used for the purchase of supplies and services by local procurement departments.
Keynote speaker, Andrew Spice, Director of Commercial and Commissioning at Worcestershire County Council, gave a background to the County Council and what is involved in its buying process and supplier engagement practices.
He explained the importance of ensuring that the services the council procures improves the economic, social and environmental well-being of the local area. He illustrated how the buying process will change and any potential suppliers tendering for council contracts will need to consider various areas of social value as part of a tender.
Delegates then took the opportunity to ask questions in a Q&A session with a panel of procurement leads from Worcestershire County Council, Place Partnership Ltd, University of Worcester and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. Kim James, Senior Procurement Manager at Place Partnership was on hand to talk about the exciting opportunities available from the organisation that manages the County Council’s property function. Whilst Joe Stock, Senior Procurement Officer at University of Worcester met with new supply chain contacts in civil engineering, mechanical and electrical, professional development and more.
Lorna Jeynes, Business Growth Manager at Worcestershire County Council said: “We were delighted that so many of our members attended today to take the opportunity to both meet and fire questions at our procurement speakers and panel of buyers.
“The County Council is open for business and we want feedback from local businesses about our current services and future buying proposals. Today was a fantastic chance for the business community to put their opinions forward and discuss how we can improve our procurement processes to increase the percentage of work we place locally.”
In 2017/18 Worcestershire County Council spent approximately £500m with 4,500 suppliers, with 65% of the spend kept in-county. This spend spanned across an assortment of sectors including construction, facilities management, ICT and more.
A supplier guide can be accessed via the Worcestershire County Council website here: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/
Companies interested in engaging with the County Council can email ToUs@worcestershire.gov.uk for more information.
Photo: Andrew Spice and Lorna Jeynes, Worcestershire County Council