Northern Ireland Procurement Conference

Thursday 4th March 2021 • Online Conference

The 2021 Northern Ireland Procurement Conference recently took place online. Procurement is an important element of the Northern Ireland economy. Northern Ireland central and local government spends approximately £3 billion per year on procurement, of which £2.7 billion is spent by government departments and their arm’s length bodies. Many of Northern Ireland’s private sector organisations also spend significant amounts in the local economy.

Delegates in attendance at the 2021 Northern Ireland Procurement Conference heard from a number of speakers, both local and visiting including Sharon Smyth, Construction and Procurement Delivery; Julie Welsh, Scotland Excel and Peter Wilson, Business Services Organisation. The expert speakers examined what effective public procurement means for organisations in Northern Ireland. Key issues discussed included; the impact of Brexit for Northern Ireland organisations in terms of procurement, procurement across the health sector during Covid-19, digital procurement and creating social value in procurement.

Discussion topics for 2021 included:

  • The changing legal framework for public procurement;
  • What will Covid-19 mean for procurement;
  • The impact of Brexit for Northern Ireland organisations in terms of procurement;
  • Local government procurement;
  • Digital procurement;
  • Procurement as a strategic and innovative function;
  • Procurement across the health sector during Covid-19;
  • Engaging the utility supply chain;
  • Creating social value in procurement;
  • Best practice in procurement: case studies from outside Northern Ireland.

Who attended

The Northern Ireland Procurement Conference, alongside hearing expert speakers and taking part in in-depth Q&A sessions, presents the opportunity to network virtually with those involved in procurement throughout Northern Ireland. Procurement professionals and those working in other advisory roles from organisations across the public, private and voluntary/community sectors will be at the conference, including:

  • Chief Executives / Executive Directors
  • Board members / Non-Executive Directors
  • Purchasing officers / managers
  • Compliance officers / managers
  • Finance Directors
  • Legal and financial advisors
  • Other procurement professionals

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