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PIP events

We host PIP events to help businesses understand the various elements involved in supplying the public sector with goods, works or services. Use this page to access information on upcoming events.

We have been hosting these events since 2015, and hope that our events provide a useful insight into selling to the public sector in the west of England.

Attend an event

Supplying the Public Sector 2023 - 2 November 2023

The coming twelve months will see a major change in the world of public sector procurement. The rules and regulations that have been in effect for several years will be changing with the implementation of the Procurement Act 2023. The new Act will see a change in the processes by which contracts are let as well as the increased use of procurement as a driver for additional value delivery. The changes will affect public sector procurement professionals and those organisations that either currently supply the public sector or would like to be involved.

The event this year focussed on these changes and also highlighted other areas relating to public sector procurement and current hot topics which will help you when bidding for contracts, or if you just want to know more.

You can watch the presentations using the links below:

What you need to attend

To attend a virtual PIP event, all you need is a computer or smart phone with access to Zoom.

If you wish to interact with the speakers during the designated Q&A sessions, you will need a microphone and camera.

Who can attend PIP events

Anyone can attend a PIP event, but they are designed for procurement professionals in small to medium size businesses in the west of England who are hoping to sell their goods, works or services to the public sector.

Why are the events still virtual?
In the past, PIP events have been hosted in person, but we have found in recent years that virtual events have worked really well for PIP attendees.
Hosting virtually allows you to be selective and only join the presentations most relevant to you. Hosting virtually also saves small to medium size businesses valuable time and money, without sacrificing a member of staff to attend a whole day or afternoon event.

Find information from a previous event

2022: Changes to procurement rules and priorities

We held an information-packed event on the proposed changes to the procurement rules, our priorities including how our procurement spend can help achieve Carbon Net Zero by 2030, and demystifying our procurement processes.

We were pleased to welcome WECA, with the introduction to the Good Employment Charter and the business support on offer through the Growth Hub, and 3SG with an overview of B&NES’ third sector.

Use the following links to access videos and presentations from the event:

2021: the Climate Emergency and Social Value

The PIP event in 2021 focused on the Climate Emergency and Social Value.

Use the following links to access videos and presentations from the event:

Find information from an earlier event

To access information from an event that was hosted more than two years ago, please contact our team by completing our online form.