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Exhibition for a Share of £8b Public Procurement Contracts

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Scottish businesses are being invited to attend Procurex Scotland, the national procurement conference and exhibition at the SECC - and find out how to win a share of the £8b annual public sector spend north of the border.

There is currently renewed focus on ensuring that the Scottish public sector secures maximum value from this annual spend.

Procurex Scotland was last year born out of this need for best value.

Supported by the Scottish Government and Scotland’s leading business associations, the event gives attendees and exhibitors an unrivalled opportunity to meet and network with representatives from Scotland’s public and private sector buying community.

Over 3,000 decision makers attended the first event last year and the organisers are confident that figure will be well surpassed at Procurex Scotland 2009 at the SECC on October 28 and 29.

After the success of last year’s event, registrations are already approaching that figure again with six weeks still remaining.

Registration is free at Procurex Scotland 2009 - The Procurement Exhibition - 28-29 October 2009 - Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC),Glasgow

Ron Burges, chief executive of organiser BiP Solutions, said: “Procurement has never been more important, and buyers across both the public and private sectors are under pressure to deliver real benefits through their procurement exercises.

“Procurex Scotland offers attendees, including Scotland’s many SMEs, a one-stop shop for Scotland’s entire buying community, a route to maximising best value and a forum to examine supply chain opportunities. We are delighted by the high number of early sign-ups and would encourage companies to register now to ensure their place.”

High profile speakers this year include Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney, Secretary of State for Scotland Jim Murphy, Michelle Mone of MJM International, Stella Manzie, director general for Finance & Corporate Services, Scottish Government, and Liz Cameron, chief executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

Procurex is co-located with another three events over the two days:

• The Scottish Government’s Fifth National Public Procurement Conference
• Government Opportunities (GO) Scottish Business Summit
• Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland

The GO Awards recognise organisations, teams and individuals from the public, private and third sector who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in public procurement.

There are eight categories including the GO Sustainability Award, GO Corporate and Social Responsibility Award, GO Healthcare Supplier Award, GO Best Service Award, GO John F McClelland Collaborative Procurement Award, GO Individual Excellence Award, GO Team Excellence Award and the GO Outstanding Achievement Award.

The awards are the first dedicated directly to public procurement north of the border.

Details are available at GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards - Scotland - Home Page, with entry extended until September 28.

The awards ceremony will be held at Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on October 28, on the first evening of Procurex Scotland.
 

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