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Procurement: The Art of the Possible

Jayne Chappell, Social Firms Scotland

Friday, 16 November 2018 from 10:30 to 14:30 (GMT)

Procurement: The Art of the Possible

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Scottish Government has made it clear that social enterprises have an important role to play in the design and delivery of public services, including employability provision.


Indeed, social enterprises share a desire to embed social value in commissioning and procurement so that the full weight of the public sector’s purchasing power is directed at achieving maximum social benefits for Scotland, alongside delivering value for money.


New legislation over recent years has opened up opportunities to support improved economic, social and environmental wellbeing - to tackle inequalities, promote innovation and create jobs for our young people and those with barriers to work. Legislative levers are helpful but not enough on their own. We need to ensure that culture and behaviours are changing to ensure the power of public spend delivers genuine public value.


Embedding sustainability sits at the centre of procurement and social enterprises can help public bodies deliver on a range of sustainability outcomes. Flexibilities now exist to do things differently and set in train a fundamental shift in perceptions and behaviours from seeing procurement ‘as a ‘blocker’ of innovation and reform to an ‘enabler’ of it.


Join us to hear from procurement and commissioners as well as front line social enterprises to debate Public Procurement: 12 years of Reform – has it made a difference?



10.30     Registration and networking

11.00     Welcome and Introduction (John McManus, SFS Chair)

11.05     Strategic Overview of Public Procurement (Pauline Graham, SFS CEO)

11.20     Are behaviours Changing?  Social Enterprise perspective (Brian Robertson-Fern, BRAG Enterprises)

11.35     Are behaviours Changing?  Public Sector perspective (Billy Murray, Scotland Excel)

11.50     Coffee break

12.05     Overview of Debate | 12 years of procurement reform: what difference has it made? | (Yvonne McBride, Manager, P4P)

12.15     Debate (chaired by Yvonne) followed by Audience Questions
                  featuring speakers from Social Enterprise (Brian Robertson-Fern; Sophy Green, Instant Neighbour and Peter Lavelle, Glasgow Wood Recycling) and Public Sector (Billy Murray; David Hall, More Powers Implementation Team Scottish Government and Graham Proudfoot, Procurement & Support Manager, North Lanarkshire Council)

1.15     AGM Business

1.30     Lunch (finishing at 2.30pm)


Please note places are limited to 2 per organisation

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Do you have questions about Procurement: The Art of the Possible? Contact Jayne Chappell, Social Firms Scotland

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The Prince's Trust Wolfson Centre
G5 9JP
15 Carlton Court
G5 9JP Glasgow
United Kingdom

Friday, 16 November 2018 from 10:30 to 14:30 (GMT)

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