Procurement Seminar – Bold Procurement

This seminar focused on how local authorities, the NHS, universities and other public bodies could be bold and innovative in their procurement decisions to construct new forms of service delivery that achieve wider public benefit.

The Public Services (Social value) Act 2012 puts new obligations on procurers and the Localism Act 2012 encourages new community-led service delivery. Nevertheless, all public bodies have to comply with Competition Law and State Aid rules laid down by the European Commission, and these can appear daunting and restrictive. To do nothing or doing too much could lead to costly legal action.

The aim of this workshop was to provide an expert overview of what is possible within EU rules and explore how public bodies can build business relationships with social enterprises. The programme included input from specialists and technical experts in the field as well case case study examples of what can be achieved when procuring from social enterprises.

A full report of the event will shortly be available.

The event programme and speaker biographies can be downloaded here
Presentations from the event are also available for download below: