Procurement Week 2013
Bangor University’s Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies' popular Procurement Week, and inaugural Welsh National Procurement Awards, took place between Monday 18th and Friday 22nd March 2013.
ICPS' Director, and Winning in Tendering Project Manager, Gary Clifford told the Daily Posts' Business Editor that the series of events were even bigger and better than last year.
It began on Monday with a Question Time debate looking at the Future for Welsh Public Procurement. Day two was a Tender Review Workshop, day three ‘Procuring the World’s Goods and Services BRIC by BRIC’, day four: ‘Innovation and the Changing Landscape of Procurement’, and day five was focused on ‘Emerging Legal Practice and Changing Patterns’.
Gary said: “We have had a fantastic response to this year’s events.There were16 different countries represented and three of the days sold out." He added: “We’re trying to help them in business, in dealing with suppliers, procuring contracts and dealing with other companies on an international stage. There is nowhere else in Wales they will get this.”
On March 22, the first National Welsh Procurement award ceremony took place at the Deganwy Quay Hotel. Jane Hutt AM, Minister for Finance, said the awards provided the “perfect showcase” for recognising and rewarding leaders and teams who drive public procurement progress.
Professor Dermot Cahill added: “We believe it is vital for the Welsh economy that Welsh businesses are recognised for the excellent services and products their organisations provide to the Welsh public sector, and by extension to the Welsh citizenry. More importantly, and part of our collective mission, we are using these awards to elevate those leaders to a position where that can be seen outside Wales.”