Upcoming Supplier Events - January Update

Upcoming Supplier Events - January Update

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Start 2018 by getting in front of public sector buyers. Here’s our rundown of events across regions and industries.

Simplifying the process of selling to the public sector


18th January

Crown Commercial Service is working to standardise terms and conditions and simplify the language used in contracts to make it easier for SMEs to sell to government. Jason Waterman, Deputy Director of Disputes & Policy Implementation, is lead this work on simplifying business for SMEs. In this webinar, Jason will discuss what is underway and answer your questions on how government is easing the path to procurement.


Future Tech Meet the Buyer


23rd January

The Department for International Trade (DIT), in collaboration with Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), are inviting technology buyers from Europe & beyond to Cambridge, offering East Of England businesses the chance to meet with these companies face to face. Whether you produce hardware, develop software or provide expertise/consultancy in relevant technologies, you may have what they are looking for right now.


NLGN Annual Conference 2018: Changemakers Assemble


22nd February

At a time of intense financial pressures and when central government’s mind is on other things, many are asking themselves where local government goes next. NLGN’s new vision reflects this approach; we are calling for councils to embrace a bold ‘changemaking’ approach focused on the core values of creativity, collaboration and self-determination.

This year’s annual conference will move away from traditional panels, and spark discussion on the priorities facing the council of today. In so doing, we hope you will learn from one another, sharing your expertise in a creative and open environment.


Procurex England South 2018


15th March

Be part of the South of England’s Festival of Public Procurement, which takes place on 15 March 2018. Procurex England South, featuring the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Showcase, will give both procurement professionals from across all sectors and industry-leading suppliers a unique opportunity to explore and interact with the key themes of Innovation, Education and Collaboration.

Official CCS framework suppliers will have the rare opportunity to showcase their products and services directly to those procurement professionals who are actively utilising established CCS framework agreements from across the public sector, in order to develop both new and existing business relationships.

Procurex England South will also provide an opportunity for Non Framework Suppliers to expand their reach to a wider public sector audience, whilst networking with some of the key buying organisations.

Free to attend for the public sector, ensure that you and your organisation participate within the South of England’s leading public procurement event of the year.



Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) 2018


27th March

With a hugely diverse set of requirements, across a vast array of goods and services, defence sector spending is valued at over £19 billion annually, making the MOD Britain’s industry’s largest customer, buying everything from military fighting vehicles to education services and all kinds of facilities management services.

In line with the White Paper, National Security Through Technology, the MOD are committed to delivering an invigorated, innovative and cost effective global supply chain. Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) 2018 will provide both buyers and suppliers, of all sizes, engaged throughout the defence acquisition supply chain, with an invaluable opportunity to enhance knowledge, collaborate, share best practice and showcase innovation.

Supported by the UK’s leading defence procurement organisations and trade associations, DPRTE 2018 over one single day, will host a range of interactive and educational features, including:

  • Live Keynote Arena

  • Product Showcase Exhibition

  • 4 x Knowledge Transfer Zones

  • Defence Procurement Pavilion

  • Prime Contractor Engagement Village

  • MOD Buyer Engagement Village

  • Defence Procurement Advice & Support Zone

Join the UK’s defence procurement and supply chain community at DPRTE 2018.



Construction Online - Meet the Buyer


28th March

Come and discuss work opportunities face-to-face with main contractors and public sector buyers.If you're interested in talking to top buyers about upcoming work opportunities, this event is for you.

Constructionline would like to invite you to our Edinburgh Meet the Buyer event, which is being hosted at Edinburgh Corn Exchange. This event gives you the chance to talk to some of Scotland's leading main contractors and public sector authorities to hear about upcoming work contracts in the area.

The event is open to members and non-members of Constructionline, confirmed exhibitors will be shown below in due course.



Govtech 2018


19th April

Government Computing will return to London on the 19th April 2018 to discuss the latest challenges and opportunities in public sector technology. We’ll be bringing together IT leaders from across central and local government to examine how the sector can meet the twin challenges of ever present budget cuts and greater demands on services. With efficiency and modernization at the forefront of government policy, the need to share experiences, success stories and new ways of working has never been greater.

We’ll be joined by GlobalData Public Sector Analysts who’ll be delivering exclusive insight into the latest trends impacting the sector and will be on hand to offer tailored analysis. The event will run at the height of the Brexit negotiations and we’ll be discussing how public sector IT is being redesigned to deliver new ways of working.



Meet the Buyer 2018


6th June

The Supplier Development Programme is holding its 10th annual Meet the Buyer event.

Meet the Buyer 2018 will see over 60 exhibitors from the public sector, private contractors and business support providers, with over 1,200 delegates expected on the day. As the largest free procurement event in Scotland, the event affords suppliers unprecedented access to buyers and decision makers from across the Public and Private sector, with the opportunity to raise your profile as a business and prepare for upcoming contract opportunities.

There will also be a programme of workshops running throughout the day, where you can hear from a range of expert speakers. More information on exhibitors and speakers will be released periodically.

Bookings are now open for the event!

If you are interested in exhibiting at or sponsoring the event please contact us at info@sdpscotland.co.uk



Public Sector Show


26th June

The largest event of its kind in the UK, the Public Sector Show brings together senior professionals from across central and local government, along with the wider public sector, to hear key policy updates, learn from best practice case-studies and satisfy their procurement needs to deliver smarter and more efficient public services.


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