Stopping the Cheats in Public Procurement
What is this event about?
Every year, local and central government spend billions of pounds procuring goods and services on behalf of UK residents – but are they paying more than they should?
Healthy competition between businesses means lower prices, more choice and better quality for those purchasing goods and services. Nowhere is competition more vital than for procurement professionals trying to get value for taxpayers’ money. Businesses that collude to drive up the price of public contracts are breaking the law, so it’s crucial that buyers know how to spot anti-competitive activity and what they can do to protect themselves (and the public purse) from falling victim to it.
iNetwork has invited the Competition and Markets Authority to deliver this half-day event, designed to help those on the front line of procurement spot and stop anti-competitive activity from occurring. The event will help attendees to:
- Identify what anti-competitive activity look like and what impact it has on public contracts
- Know what to do when they spot it and how to help the CMA take action
- Share experiences and insights on how cheats can be spotted and stopped
What's on the agenda?
David Harper and Brian Malone, both from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), will be delivering the workshop. The workshop will cover the following:
- Competition and why it matters for procurers
- Collusion between suppliers when competing for public contracts
- What are cartels and how can they affect the bidding and supplying processes
- Spotting collusion: What to look out for
- Interactive session, including examples from previous cases and indicators of suspicious bidding patterns
- What to do when you spot anything suspicious
- How to report things to the CMA, how they handle information and what to expect
- Combatting fraud in public procurement
- New tools to combat procurement fraud: data mining & analysis
- The CMA's role - how we can help each other
Who should attend?
This event is aimed primarily at those working in local authorities and central government who are responsible for high-value public procurement and commissioning (such as the construction of new public buildings and large scale service contracts). At a time when resources and budgets are strained, purchasers need to know that they’re getting the best value for money.
Anything else I need to know?
Arrivals are from 12:30pm (for a 1pm start), finish at 4.00pm. Please note that a light lunch will be provided.
Places are limited so please register your interest to attend ASAP.
Complimentary tea, coffee and lunch will be provided on the day.
All iNetwork events are CPD certified. Delegates are eligible to request, on registration, a free CPD certificate for attending. Delegates must sign the register to prove attendance, and CPD certificates will be sent after the event.
Presentations on the day will be delivered by senior members from the CMA with wide-ranging experience of competition law and how it applies to public procurement. They will share practical advice from cases and answer your questions.
About iNetwork's Connected Procurement Programme
This event is delivered to you as part of iNetwork's Connected procurement Programme. The NW region has had a strong public sector procurement network for many years however in line with pressures on the sector, resources to support the network’s activities have diminished.
Connected Procurement is an initiative to develop and grown the community of procurement professional in the North West region, to keep colleagues up to date on hot topics, changing legislation and opportunities and to create space to think through the challenges facing procurement professionals.
The YPO is helping ensure the viability of the network, working with colleagues in iNetwork.
The network is open to anyone who’s organisations are members of iNetwork, which includes almost all councils, NHS Police and Fire & Rescue organisations in the North West. A full list of members is available at www.i-network.org.uk.
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The Fine Print:
Event Registration & Cancellation information: FREE attendance for those individuals from organisations that have a current subscription with iNetwork . For non subscribing members, the cost is £295 per person.
If you plan to attend, please register no later than 5 working days before the event in order that we may confirm numbers with the venue. Please let us know in plenty of time if you have booked onto the event but cannot attend by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. No cancellation charges apply, however each no-show or last minute cancellations is costly, using funds that cannot be recouped. Sufficient notice [at least 7 days in advance - which is the minimum notification for most venues] or delegate substitution with a colleague is much appreciated.
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