Supplying the Public Sector 2017

This year’s Supplying the Public Sector event will take place on Wednesday 5 July 2017 at the UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre. 

Please see the invitation and draft programme for more details.

The presentations from the event can be found on the links below.

Bloom

Brexit - Procurement

Bristol UWE

Hinkley Point

Leidos Supply MOD

MOD Welcome

NatWest

Quality Systems

STPS Contracts Finder

STPS SQ

UWE Business Support

West of England Combined Authority


PIP Supplying the Public Sector 2016

This year’s event was  a great success.  For the pre-break session the presentations focussed on the role of the West of England LEP, apprentices and interns and the post-break sessions were a back-to-basics look at public sector procurement how SMEs can be involved.  The presentations from the event can be found at the links below.

The Role of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership

Social Enterprise Works

Nepro

Contracts Finder

South West Ambulance Service

B&NES School Food Contract

IT Security

Internships and Placements

Tips for Tendering

Linking Presentation

Modern Slavery

Neil Way

 

 

 


 Partners in Procurement Logo

The following information is available to help businesses supply to the West of England Partners in Procurement group.

Help with Pre-Qualification

The Public Sector has a duty to ensure that monies spent on goods, services and works are spent in accordance with  principles of Best Value.  Organisations have to carry out fundamental checks on companies they do business with to ensure that they are suitably qualified to provide goods, work and services.  Checks are also undertaken to ensure that companies are financially viable to minimise the risk of loss of supply.

The Partners in Procurement group are considering common core pre-qualification document for contracts so that businesses, particularly SMEs, do not have to put together different information in different formats to get past the PQQ or expression of interest stage.

 The levels of information currently required will generally include;

  • Company details and trading address
  • Contact, date of formation and registration details, number of employees
  • Details of Health and Safety Officer and whether a policy exists
  • Details of Equal Opportunities and whether a policy exists
  • Financial information
  • Details of Insurances, Quality Assurance and Environmental policy
  • References

If you want to trade with the Public Sector but do not currently have the necessary policies in place further details can be found below.

 

Equal Opportunities

Having an Equal Opportunities policy will demonstrate that you and your employees are not being discriminatory in terms of the anti-discrimination legislation (the Equalities Act 2010). This legislation protects individuals against discrimination in employment, which includes the process of selecting applicants for jobs. Legislation banning discrimination on grounds of age was introduced in October 2006.

Further information can be found on the Government Equalities Office webpages. Available on the Equality and Human Rights Commission webpages is Guidance and Good Practice for SMEs.

A sample of a simple Equalities Policy is available below.

Equal Opportunities Statement

The company is an equal opportunities employer and will therefore promote equality of opportunity in the recruitment, promotion, appraisal, training and development of its staff and otherwise treat them on the basis of their relative merits and abilities.  The law requires that no applicant; member of staff or customer will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex or marital status.  Where the law does not prescribe, every effort will be made to avoid discrimination on grounds of disability, religion, political belief, socio-economic background, parental status, age (subject to normal retirement conventions) and sexual orientation.

Equal Opportunity Policy

1.      We are an equal opportunity employer and follow the recommendations of the Race Relations Code of Practice.  We will not tolerate racial discrimination and aim to ensure that no job applicant, employee, trainee or customer is treated unfairly on the grounds of their race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age or religion; having regard to the individual’s aptitudes and abilities and the requirements of the job.

2.      We will take disciplinary action where there is evidence of racial discrimination, abuse or harassment.

3.      We will appoint a Senior Manager, (Name) …………………………………. (Job Title)……………………………… to be responsible for implementing equality of opportunity policies.

4.      We will communicate clearly to all staff the Equal Opportunities Statement, with relevant disciplinary and grievance procedures and the name and role of the Senior Manager responsible.

5.      We will monitor all allegations, which include a racial element, to double check that they have been responded to adequately and fairly and according to policy.

6.      We will monitor recruitment; work allocation, discipline and dismissal procedures to identify any racially uneven statistical patterns that require further investigation.

7.      We will ensure all Managers and staff are aware of their responsibilities under the Race Relations Act 1976, Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the company’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

Signed ……………………………………………………………………………………..

Position in Company ……………………………………………………………………..

For and on behalf of ……………………………………………………………………...

Date ………………………………………………………………………………………..

 

Environmental

An Environmental Policy is a written statement outlining an organisation's mission in relation to managing the environmental effects and aspects of its operations.

NetRegs provides free environmental guidance for small businesses in the UK including information on what you need to do to comply with environmental legislation and protect the environment.

Information on how to write an Environmental Policy can be found at Envirowise.

 

Health and Safety

The Health and Safety Executive can provide help and advice for businesses and there are a number of relevant free leaflets available on the Health and Safety Executive website

In particular the leaflet  'An introduction to health and safety' is very useful and contains guidance on creating risk assessments and a health and safety policy.

 


  

Free access to Contracts Finder for small suppliers

Every small business in the UK has free access to thousands of lower value government contracts on the Government’s Contracts Finder website.

Contracts Finder is a free service for businesses, government buyers and the public. This service comes from government under its transparency commitment, and you can find:

·         live contract opportunities

·         closed tender documentation

·         contract awards and contract documents

You can also subscribe to email alerts to receive updates on existing or new items.

Contracts Finder will become the main source of government opportunities with a value greater than £10,000. 

 


  

Useful Public Sector Web Links

 

Blue Light Procurement Opportunities for Emergency Services
Business Information Publication Contrax Weekly
Business West Local Chamber of Commerce
CIPS Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply
Companies House For duplicate Certification of Incorporation
Equalities and Human Rights Commission  
Gov.uk Local schools, A-z of central and local government
HSE Health and Safety Executive
Oultwood English council websites
SIMAP EU Procurement Website
SOPO Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government
Tenders Direct Tender alert service for the public and private sector
Tenders Electronic Daily Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union

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