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SME Event - Winning public sector business - North East

27 June 2018 - an information event for SMEs in the North East

SME Event

The Government Commercial Function (GCF) in the North East is holding an engagement event for SMEs who are interested in winning public sector contracts on Wednesday 27th June 2018 at the City Library in Newcastle.

SMEs will be able to meet with procurement experts from Government Departments and find out more about how to enter the supply chain.

The Crown Representative for SMEs, Emma Jones, will chair the event and speakers include: HMRC, Department for Education, North East Procurement Organisation, Crown Commercial Service. Ministry of Defence and DEFRA.

Delegates will be invited to attend for the whole day to access networking opportunities and visit buyer information stalls.

Three key information sessions will be held in the morning, early afternoon and late afternoon. Registration is required for each of these sessions.

Programme for the event

  • 10.00 - Registration There will be 1:1s with business club coach Garry Stone available for booking at reception desk on the day, these will be in 10 min slots during the day in City Library 6th floor breakout space.
  • 10.20 - Opening & Welcome

Session 1 (limited places)

  • 10.35 - Understanding Public Procurement - HMRC & DfE on how to better understand, access and bid for work across government
  • 11.25 - Working with NEPO (North East Procurement Organisation) - overview & approaches to SMEs and mini-workshop on ‘top-tips’ for sellers
  • 11.55 - Refreshment Break
  • 12.25 - Working with Crown Commercial Service (SME Policy & Contract Finder)
  • 12.45 - SME ‘inclusion’ practices within Central Government - MOD (John Kite) & DEFRA (Ian Wilson)
  • 13.15 - Lunch

Register for session 1.

Session 2 (limited places)

  • 14.15 - ‘How I sold to Government’ - hear about successes and lessons learned
  • 14.45 - SME ‘inclusion’ practices within Central Government - MOD (John Kite) & DEFRA (Ian Wilson)
  • 15.15 - Working with Crown Commercial Service (Technology frameworks)
  • 15.40 - Understanding Public Procurement - HMRC & DfE on how to better understand, access and bid for work across government
  • 16.20 - Refreshment Break

Register for session 2.

Session 3 (limited places)

  • 16.50 - Working with NEPO (North East Procurement Organisation) - overview & approaches to SMEs and mini-workshop on ‘top-tips’ for sellers
  • 17.20 - Crown Representative for SMEs, Emma Jones, on the government’s agenda and key-themes from the day
  • 17.45 - Panel Q&A session (with speakers and stall-holders from the day, and others such as DfT, NHS BSA)

Register for session 3.

Published 17 May 2018
Last updated 24 May 2018 + show all updates
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