To help buyers and suppliers across the public sector, the GO Awards Training Partner – Procurement Advice and Support Service (PASS) – will be creating a range of resources to help navigate the challenges: ensuring that you are able to work effectively, compliantly and responsively in a dynamic and fast-changing environment.
See below for details of current and planned webinars taking place over the coming weeks. GO Awards would be delighted to welcome you to these webinars – View below to register for your place today.
Planning an Exit Strategy
Thursday 14 May at 1100
Too often, procurement exercises are focused on the deliverables, but what happens when the contract is retendered or changes from one contractor to another?
Developing an Exit Strategy is necessary to identify possible risks, define potential losses, ensure continuity of services and should be a ‘front end’ activity created before the contract is signed.
This webinar will look at the five key elements that need to be considered.
COVID-19: Paying Suppliers – The Latest Guidelines
Thursday 14th May at 1330
Many contractors are currently finding things hard, some due to contracts being undeliverable through no fault of their own, whilst others have issues around materials or staff. This webinar breaks down the various guidances put out by Cabinet Office and Scottish Government on how contracting authorities can help to deliver supplier relief and the ways in which this can be done.
COVID-19: Making the best of Procurement Resources
Tuesday 19th May at 9.30am
Some authorities are currently finding they have contractors who are struggling to fulfil their contractual obligations, which is not only causing problems now, but could lead to other issues further down the line. This webinar looks at a number of options authorities could consider, whether in existing contracts or those planned for the future and maps out some issues that should be identified as early as possible.
Evaluation at the Award Stage
Wednesday 20 May at 1100
Given the shift towards life-cycle costing in the procurement process, just how should you structure your costing model to capture the true cost of your contract?
This webinar will identify the life-cycle elements you need to consider, as well as those additional costs, such as added value or innovation.
Getting your award criteria right can help to ensure you achieve the best price/quality ratio.
Tuesday 26 May at 1100
Organisations have a need to manage not only their contracts but also their contractors.
Relationship Management is about the proactive management of an existing contractor with the overall aim being to secure a competitive advantage for your own organisation.
This webinar looks at the key issues in the relationship between the contractor and the contracting authority.
The key purpose of Relationship Management is to encourage the development of a structured understanding of the current relationships that exist within and between your organisation and the contractor.
COVID-19: Managing non-essential contracts during COVID-19
Wednesday 27th May at 1100
It is important to realise that the need for strong contract management on non-essential contracts still exists during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Understanding Added Value
Tuesday 12 May at 1100
You will regularly see buyers asking for details of the added value you can offer in the contract, but do you really know what they want?
Do you realise that some of that added value is already on offer, just in the way you structure your business processes?
If you look closely at the specification and the costing model, you can gain a good insight into what the buyer is hoping for in respect of added value.
This webinar will explain some of the issues that lie behind added value and how you may already be delivering them.
COVID-19: How the Procurement Procedures are used
Friday 15th May at 1100
In previous briefings and webinars, we have touched on aspects of the procurement procedures, such as direct award and shortened timescales.
This webinar will delve deeper into how each of the procedures are normally used by contracting authorities, what suppliers need to consider and how prior knowledge of the opportunity can benefit you.
Life Cycle Costing – The Supplier’s Perspective
Monday 18 May at 1100
The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 introduced Life Cycle Costing as an option at the award stage.
This provides buyers with the option of costing a procurement in its entirety, from acquisition to disposal, as well as allowing for the consideration of environmental and social issues, such as carbon emissions or employment.
It is therefore necessary for contractors to consider the key issues and understand how this will interact with the new expanded range of award criteria which are available to buyers.
This webinar will look at some of the key aspects and offer tips on how to understand what the buyer really wants.
Your Rights at Standstill
Wednesday 20 May at 1000
Do you know what feedback you are entitled to at Standstill?
How detailed does the buyer need to make the information it gives to you?
Can you get access to other details and how exactly can you do that?
Also, do you understand the timelines and how quickly you need to act?
This webinar will define the key issues around the standstill process and how it may provide your one opportunity to challenge the award of a contract.
COVID-19: What Procurement changes might COVID-19 lead too?
Thursday May 21st at 1100
mic has shown that there are many stress points across procurement, not least interruptions to contracts, staff issues and lack of planning by buyers and contractors. This webinar considers some of the issues that are likely to be at the forefront of buyers minds in the coming months, as they extend or renew contracts and identifies some issues contractors might need to consider.