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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Agenda
11:20 - 11:50

Social and Other Specific Services

Phil Kinnell

Consultant, PASS
11:50 - 12:20

Irish Prisons & Probation Services developing future partnership opportunities with Social Enterprises

Siobhan Cafferty

Social Enterprise Project Manager, Irish Prison Service / Glasnevin
12:20 - 12:40

Update on Northern Ireland Social Enterprises

Colin Jess

Social Enterprise NI
12:40 - 13:10

The evolution of the Buy Social NI approach to maximising social benefits from public investment

Lizzie Scott

BuySocial
13:10 - 13:40

The challenges and rewards of being a young and successful social entrepreneur

Aimee Clint

Director of Books By Stella's CIC
14:15 - 14:25

User challenges and considerations that are fundamental to delivery of Digital Transformation

Graham Patterson

Principle Consultant, Gemserv

The talk looks at some of less obvious but very important user challenges and considerations that are fundamental to delivery of Digital Transformation. The talk uses examples from history and implementation of Digital Identity to examine:

  • How changes in technology affect user expectations.
  • How changing demographics afect the technology that can be implemented.
  • How cultural norms affect the implementation of services and how to overcome them.

The talk uses examples from work done in the Government of Jersey and Scotland as well as research into other implementations that was undertaken as part of the implementations.

14:25 - 14:40

A New Model for Social Enterprise

David Hunter

Chief Executive Officer, Access Employment Limited (AEL)
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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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Agenda
13:50 - 14:15

How Social Enterprises Deliver Sustainable Procurement and a Better Society

Chris M Gordon

CEO and Co-Founder of the Irish Social Enterprise Network
14:15 - 14:40

Installation of Water-Bottle Refilling Stations to encourage reduction of single-use plastics on UL Campus

David Mangan

Portfolio/Operations Manager, Education Procurement Service
14.45 - 15:10

Sustainable Procurement and Ethical Sourcing

David Gigg

Commercial Policy Delivery and Disputes, Crown Commercial Service
15:15 - 15:40

Is Sustainability Achievable?

Phil Kinnell

Consultant, PASS
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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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Agenda
12.00 - 12.30

e-invoicing and PEPPOL – A Supplier Perspective

John Larkin

Country Manager, Pagero

All Irish Public Sector organisations are legally obliged to accept and process electronic invoices from 18 April 2020. What does this mean both for them and their Suppliers. John Larkin will outline how Irish suppliers can participate in this Pan European digital transformation initiative.

12:30 - 13:00

Writing a Tender Specification

Phil Kinnell

Consultant, PASS
13:00 - 13:30

Evaluation Techniques

Eddie Regan

Principal PASS Consultant
14.00 - 14.30

Contract Management

Eddie Regan

Principal PASS Consultant
14.30 - 15.00

Smart City Project

Jamie Cudden

Smart City Programme Manager, Dublin City Council
15.00 - 15.30

You did what? Cautionary Tales!

Eddie Regan

Principal PASS Consultant
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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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Agenda
11.20 - 11.45

Hour Marathons, Tenders and Technology Innovation

Tony Corrigan

Founder/CEO of Orbidal
11.50 - 12:15

Reading the Specification

Eddie Regan

Principal PASS Consultant
12.30 - 12.55

Get Ready to Tender to the Irish and UK Public Sector

Melissa Russell

Senior Marketing Executive, Supply2Gov Ireland
13.45 - 14:10

What is Sustainability and is it Deliverable?

Phil Kinnell

Consultant, PASS
14:15 - 14:40

Understanding Added Value

Phil Kinnell

Consultant, PASS
14:45 - 15:10

Do's and Dont's of Tendering

Phil Kinnell

Consultant, PASS
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