Professional Procurement Skills Zone Agenda
The use of Regulation 32 for Urgent Requirements
The Regulations have always allowed for extensions, modifications or non-competitive contract awards.
This session looks at the rules around how buyers can award contracts without competition in matters of extreme urgency and the rules that must be adhered to.
Rules on Extensions to Existing Contracts
If a contract doesn’t permit for an extension to the original period, then adding an extension can be a risky issue.
This session looks at the rules covering contract extension and considers how this can be achieved, within the parameters of the Regulations and without putting the authority at the risk of challenge.
Contract Management Easy As 1,2,3
Working with your Suppliers
This session looks at how you can use the Regulations to work more closely with your suppliers, whilst steering clear of any discriminatory action.
It considers the benefits of engaging early with suppliers and using their knowledge to help take market soundings and identifies some of the questions you could ask in supplier discussions.
The Light Touch Regime
The health sector was thrust into the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis, without any wish to be there. This session looks at the rules governing Light Touch Regime contracts and also highlights other options offered by the Public Contracts Regulations that can be used by organisations to ease their procurement problems at this time.
Alternative Evaluation Models
In the UK buyers commonly use a method of tender evaluation known as the standard differential model. Chances are you’ve used it and not even realised. Whilst this method has it’s benefits, it doesn’t suit every type of procurement. This session looks at various alternative evaluation models that are used by other buyers.
Framework Agreements and Dynamic Purchasing Systems
This session looks at the use of Framework Agreements and Dynamic Purchasing Systems, as quicker routes to market for buyers, and the key issues to consider in their use. The session will consider various issues including the benefits and limitations of both processes and how buyers can speed up the procurement timescale, engage faster with suppliers and ensure they achieve the outcomes they seek.
Competitive Procedure/Competitive Dialogue – Benefits and Pitfalls
Ensuring you use the correct procedure can lead to long-term cost savings, a contract which won’t become out of date so quickly and a contract which won’t lead to a costly re-run of your tender exercise. You will
- Discover the benefits of using each of the procedures
- Learn how to set each of them up
- Gain an understanding of the cost implications
- Learn to measure the risks and rewards
- Map out what sort of timetable you can expect to use
*Agendas subject to change