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Urbano Network in association with Trowers & Hamlins is hosting a free breakfast speaker networking event on Thursday 13 June for bid and tendering professionals to examine the implications of the new procurement act for those who use public sector tendering to source its suppliers and those who respond through tendering.

The government's new Procurement Bill, which is set to become law in October, 2024, promises to deliver the largest changes in recent times to the way the public sector procures its services. These changes are promised to see more contracts awarded to SMEs.

This event will examine three key areas:

  • How will the new flexible procurement regime work in practice?
  • How will the new act help SMEs win more places on supply chains and work through direct tendering?
  • The role of social value in new procurement landscape

Urbano is hosting this event with Members Trowers & Hamlins at their London offices and features as main speaker Rebecca Rees, Head of Public Procurement at Trowers, who will provide insight and practical knowledge on the new regime, including updates on the changes to procurement procedures.

Joining Rebecca will be Caroline Brock, Director of Urbano Network and Talent Lab, a work winning consultancy. Caroline works with a variety of large and small clients to help them win work through the public sector.

Other panellists will be announced in due course.

There is too little engagement between those organisations which publish ITTs and SMEs which have to respond to them. We want this event to bring both sides of procurement together to share their experiences and discuss how to make tendering less onerous and more efficient.

This free event is exclusively for Urbano members with tendering responsibilities in their companies, representatives from in-house bid teams from large companies, directors of small businesses looking to explore opportunities to supply the public sector, and other Urbano members who specialise in procurement law.

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Event Format
09.00am Registration, coffee, pastries and networking
09.30am Speaker presentations and interactive Q&A
11.00am Networking till close
11.30am Close

About Urbano Network
Urbano has been connecting companies of all sizes and sectors to learn, share, and explore ways to collaborate on future work opportunities since our beginnings in Shoreditch in the early 2000's. As part of our member services, Urbano publishes a weekly tenders list relevant to our members’ diverse services and its central team have a proud track record of helping SMEs win new business opportunities, including through getting places on supply chains and frameworks, and bidding on tenders.

About Trowers & Hamlins
Trowers is an international law firm with over 170 partners and more than 1000 people located across the UK, Middle East and Asia. Rebecca Rees is Partner and Head of Public Procurement at the firm and a respected authority and speaker on legal issues surrounding procurement.

Event details

Thursday 13 June 2024
9.00am - 11.30am


Related People

Rebecca Rees

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Public sector procurement