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6th June 2018

SME Event: Winning public sector business (27 June 18)

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

NEPO will be in attendance and delegates will also be able to meet with procurement experts from Government Departments to find out about working with the public sector.

The Crown Representative for SMEs, Emma Jones, will chair the event and in addition to NEPO, speakers include: HMRC, Department for Education, 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 one-to-one sessions 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 - 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.


Visit the Government Commercial Function webpage to find out more.