The World of Procurement London - For procurement, think big!

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The Royal National Hotel

38-51 Bedford Way



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The World of Procurement
For procurement, think big!

Procurement can be a complex and sometimes unforgiving task. In an economic climate that is arguably the toughest it’s ever been, YPO has been working hard to identify even more ways to help us all navigate the world of procurement. At this event we will be joined by ARUP, CIPS, NETpositive Futures and Procurement Leaders to provide you with helpful tips and tools as well as learning more about the challenges we all face in public sector procurement.

Talking about the current topics that are at the forefront of discussions in organisations all over the land, this event aims to answer the hot questions, ask new ones and be at the heart of connecting procurement excellence.


9.30am - Registration/Refreshments

10am - Headline Speaker: What does Brexit mean to Public Procurement?

Prof. Sue Arrowsmith
Achilles Professor of Public Procurement Law and Policy, University of Nottingham

11am - Workshops 1 - 6

11.45am - Lunch

12.30pm - Workshops 1 - 6

1.15pm - Networking/Refreshments

1.45pm - Workshops 1- 6

2.30pm - Networking

3pm - Close

There will also be an exhibition area for you to meet the YPO procurement services team.


We will be repeating each of the workshops three times throughout the day:

1. Cyber security – how to arm ourselves against the new invisible risks and staying secure, without breaking the bank!

2. Social value – embedding the sustainable development goals and maximising social impact through procurement. Making every penny count

ARUP will be joining us to update on water stress in the UK, a topic rapidly increasing in importance and one in which finding the solution will be challenging

3. Innovation – what’s new in the world of technology and what can we expect in the future? Harnessing new technologies to optimise delivery of core front line services

4. Purchasing for school business managers – top tips for getting the most out of purchasing in an education environment

5. Health and care – bringing services together and creating capacity! Working towards transforming the provision of LAC placements

6. Procurement Leaders and YPO in Partnership – category intelligence and access to global networks made available through YPO

CIPS will also be available to discuss your world of procurement and learn how they can support your talent development, training, qualifications, certification and intelligence.

About Sue Arrowsmith

Sue Arrowsmith is Achilles Professor of Public Procurement Law and Policy at the University of Nottingham, where she is also Director of the Public Procurement Research Group and the postgraduate Executive programme in Public Procurement Law and Policy. She has a B.A. (first class hons.) from Oxford University and a D.Jur from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Her publications have been extensively cited by courts around the world. Her many books include (most recently) The Law of Public and Utilities Procurement (3rd ed. 2014/2018), The WTO Regime on Government Procurement: Challenge and Reform (2011) (with R. D. Anderson) and Competitive Dialogue in EU Procurement Law (2012) (with S.Treumer).

She is founding editor of Public Procurement Law Review and from 2008-2011 was Project Leader of the EU-funded project for developing a global academic network on procurement regulation. In 2007 she was awarded the CIPS Swinbank Medal for thought innovation in purchasing and supply.

She has been a member of the UNCITRAL Procurement Experts Group, the World Bank International Advisory Group on Procurement and (for nearly 20 years) the European Commission's independent Advisory Committee on procurement, and is currently an Expert with the International Partnership against Corruption in Sport (IPACS), Taskforce 1. She has also been consultant for the UK, UN, WTO, OECD, EU, European Central Bank, ILO and the Law Commission of England and Wales.

Who should attend:

Our event will be beneficial to anyone in public sector procurement and commissioning, those responsible for buying in education, suppliers to YPO and prospective suppliers.

This event will be relevant for most sectors including (but not limited to) local authority, emergency services, all tiers of education, health and care as well as not for profit organisations and charities.

Benefits of attending:

- Networking with other people responsible for procurement or commissioning

- Learning about and debating the current hot topics

- Taking away useful and relevant information and tools to help navigate a tough and complex economic landscape

- Sharing knowledge and experiences to help procurement continue to develop and deliver more value in the future

Whether you’re new to procurement or have years of experience, our event aims to be helpful to all.

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