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Bids and Procurement LIVE! - a breakfast mini-conference for bids and procurement people, with YPO

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 from 07:30 to 10:00 (GMT)

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  • A unique breakfast event bringing together bidding and procurement professionals for the first time
  • Three themed discussion panels on the hot topics in competitive procurement environments
  • A low cost, time efficient event - get your caffeine fix, some CPD and then get on with your day. 


YPO, one of the UK’s leading public sector buying organisations, has launched a new service for suppliers to help improve the procurement process. Joining forces with ‘the bid toolkit’, an online tendering guide and training platform, YPO will provide engagement, tools and training opportunities to help suppliers when bidding for public sector contracts.

A key intiative of the partnership is a series of breakfast events - Bids and Procurement LIVE!

The events are mini-conferences for bids and procurement people, bring together for the first time both sides of the story in one place to drive greater mutual understanding and sharing of best practice. Speakers and panel members will be drawn from across UK industry and the public sector. 

An intro video can be found here:

The agenda:

  • 07:30-08:00 – Arrivals – Coffee & Networking
  • 08:00-09:30 – 3 x Panel discussions
  • 09:30-10:00 – Networking and close


 The panel themes and members for this first session are:

1. Social value in pursuits and bids

  • Mike Reader - Head of Strategic Pursuits at Mace (panel chair)
  • Guy Battle - CEO of The Social Value Portal
  • Melissa Bell - Sustainable Procurement lead at YPO
  • Sheri-Leigh Miles - Director NETpositive Futures
  • Stuart Nicholson - Bid Manager, social value specialist 

2. What do procurement departments really want?

  • Mark Johnston - former CEO of Methods Management consulting (panel chair)
  • John Fernau - past Head of Procurement - Olympic Delivery Authority and Commercial Director - The Home Office
  • Andrew Wood - Procurement Consultant, currently at FCO, former lead on HS2 stations.
  • Duncan Spokes - Interim Head of Procurement at YPO
  • Jeremy Brim - Leader of the bid toolkit, former Mace Head of Construction bids
  • Nielsen Dinwoodie - Owner at Dinwoodie winning bids

3. Women in bids and proposals – a new initiative

  • Charlotte Rees - Bid Manager at NG Bailey and Director of Women in Bids and Proposals
  • Interviewed by Toni Camisotti, Granite Search


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Do you have questions about Bids and Procurement LIVE! - a breakfast mini-conference for bids and procurement people, with YPO? Contact the bid toolkit

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Malmaison London
18-21 Charterhouse Square
EC1M 6AH London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 from 07:30 to 10:00 (GMT)

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the bid toolkit

the bid toolkit

the bid toolkit is a simple step by step online guide for delivering winning bids and a constant reference point for your whole team and training tool throughout the bid lifecycle.

Using knowledge and insight gained from consultations over five years with capture, bid and pitch leaders working at leading consulting, outsourcing, IT, legal and construction firms of all sizes – the bid toolkit team have produced an easy to follow bid process to help improve your win rates.

Jeremy Brim

Jeremy brings 20 years of experience as a bid management professional across both the public/federal and private sectors. He has led successful bid functions spanning professional services, outsourcing and construction – securing an enviable collection of high-profile projects, programmes and frameworks with blue chip clients around the globe. Importantly, he has learned from the best - working with a range of incredible business leaders of multi-billion dollar organisations, their cutting edge bid teams, and their entrepreneurial sales teams to develop winning propositions.

Jeremy progressed through his career to senior roles in high growth global organisations, from Mouchel and EC Harris, to Mace. Early on he developed a specialism in UK and European public sector tendering, in both central and local government, which is still called upon today. The robust compliance driven nature of public sector proposals provided a great grounding to expand his experience in to the private sector, securing large scale frameworks and programmes with corporate clients. Jeremy has since led large professional proposals functions as well as held client facing roles as an Account Leader and Sector Lead.

For more than 15 years he has led business development and tendering training programmes for directors, partners, associates and graduate schemes. In between large corporate roles he has continued to deliver significant ROI for SME business owners, entrepreneurs and investors as a board member, advisor and Non-Exec.

In the autumn of 2018 Jeremy decided to pursue a portfolio career full time. He now works with leadership teams and business owners as a consultant and advisor to plan and deliver sustainable growth through analysis and interventions across the sales cycle. He operates retained executive client development programmes, undertakes research and capture projects and advises on strategic pursuits.

YPO Partnership

YPO, the UK’s largest publicly owned buying organisation, has formed a new partnership with Growth Ignition, a consultancy that supports organisations in improving their approaches to business development (and owner of the bid toolkit product line). The partnership is focused on vastly improving the experience of suppliers in engaging with YPO and other public and private sector buyers through procurement processes through the provision of online and in-person engagement, tools and training opportunities. At its heart the partnership brings together leading edge private sector bidding best practice with procurement specialist insights on what clients want to see.

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