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Commercial Conference 2017
Thu 23 March 2017, 09:30 – 17:00 GMT
Commercial Conference returns, this year taking place in the Locarno Suite of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.
The event aims to increase awareness of relevant trends which will affect future commercial leaders. It also offers the chance to discuss these ideas and to network on a cross government basis to create a strong core of commercial professionals.
The day will consist of lectures, Q+As and an interactive session showcasing some of the FCO’s commercial work. Leading figures from across Government and the private sector will be present to share their wealth of expertise and experience.
Themes for the day include:
Government contracting with SMEs - The Cabinet Office has set a target of 30% of contracts to be awarded to SMEs by 2020. This presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities. These will be explored via the recent movie War Dogs, which tells the true story of how two young Americans set up a company and won contracts to supply the US Army with ammunition by bidding extremely low. The movie follows their mishaps in attempting to source and deliver the products.
Brexit - Unlike many other elements of government, the Commercial function deals constantly with European Union legislation in the form of the EU Public Procurement Directives. However, with the recent Brexit vote, the possibility exists to change the rules. This session will explore what Government is seeking and how this would link to future UK industrial strategy.
Automation - A recent report found that 47% of jobs were at high risk of being replaced by AI. So far the focus in the media has been on traditional professions such as medicine and law. However, Commercial also has the potential to be changed by AI. This talk will focus on what the future holds for commercial, the benefits of AI and what we as new starters in our careers can do to prepare.
FCO Commercial and Crisis Management - The day’s activity session will cover the role of Commercial in delivering the FCO’s objectives and focus on how it assists in major relief efforts. The session will be interactive and attendees will be asked to formulate responses to challenging scenarios which the FCO has faced in the past.
Lunch, teas and coffees will be provided on the day.
Please note that no central travel subsistence fund is available. However, in previous years attendees were able to secure funding from their placement Department.
Places are limited so register now to secure your ticket.