Ireland’s Leading Public Sector Procurement Event

12 March 2020 - RDS Dublin

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Event Themes


Social Value

Delivering good quality public services within budget and offering added value is key. Social value in the procurement process is crucial to public bodies and is an important way of helping improve local economic growth.

There is an increasing focus and ambition for a significant culture change across all public bodies, buyers and commissioning services to ensure that Social Value is considered throughout the procurement process, from setting the specifications and award criteria through to the management of the contract.

What delegates will learn

This year’s Social Value Academy Zone will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to participate in a range of interactive training sessions and workshops, showcasing Social Value initiatives and best practice, allowing you to learn how to effectively incorporate social considerations within public sector procurement.

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Green Procurement

In line with the 2015 European Long-Term Strategy to become climate neutral and the recently published Ireland Climate Action Plan, there is a clear focus on Ireland significantly stepping up its commitments to tackle climate disruption.

The leadership role both the Government and public bodies can play in taking early action on climate is crucial in achieving decarbonisation goals. Decisive action to confront climate disruption will be a major challenge within the procurement process but the benefits are huge, including: financial savings, green supply chains, promoting sustainable business and helping the environment.

What delegates will learn
  • How to “Buy Green” products and services
  • How to make more cost-effective and environmentally friendly decision
  • How to become a more resource-efficient by using sustainable goods and services
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Procurement Skills

Attending our Procurement Skills Academy Zone will allow you to further your career development opportunities by upskilling in key areas of public sector procurement. These interactive zones will offer a one stop shop for anyone looking to improve their knowledge of procurement. ALL sessions are CPD Certified and count towards CIPS Chartered Status.

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Bid Support

Make the most of your day by visiting the Bid Support Academy Zone. Covering topics such as the do’s and don’ts of tendering as well as other relevant procurement training topics, the Bid Support Zone delivers a variety of Bid Support related topics including Understanding Added Value and Tips to Improve your Bid.

You may have little experience of bidding or you may have lots, but just how much do you really understand about the process and what the buyer is looking for?

Do you know that the public sector is moving towards life-cycle costing and ensuring that the specification takes issues other than just price into account? Can you interpret a specification to find out exactly what the buyer is looking for or do you spend a lot of time responding but not winning?

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What delegates will learn

The sessions in the Bid Support Zone will look at key issues including What the Buyer Really Wants, Tips to Improve your Bid and Your Rights at Standstill.

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