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Public Value procurement workshops prove popular

24 October 2016

Image of Dr Jane Lynch and Dr Sue Hurrell at the Cardiff Public Value Consortium Development Workshop
Dr Jane Lynch and Dr Sue Hurrell at the Cardiff Public Value Consortium Development Workshop

Cardiff Business School hosted a series of Public Value Consortium Development Workshops during the summer.

Financed by Cardiff Business School’s Public Value fund, three workshops were held across Wales (Cardiff, Bangor and Carmarthen) and drew almost 80 delegates in total representing buy and supply sides.

The workshops were led by Dr Jane Lynch, lecturer in Supplier Management for the Logistics and Operations Management (LOM) section, and supported by Dr Sue Hurrell from Welsh Government.

Dr Lynch and Dr Hurrell are co-chairs of the Joint-Bidding Steering Group, established following the launch of the Joint Bidding Guide by Welsh Government in 2013.

This series of workshops drew on the knowledge evidenced by the Lessons Learned Report and research across public procurement, community benefits and collaboration. The aim of the three workshops was to bring buy and supply side representatives in Wales together to continue the conversation around social procurement by:

  • Understanding the importance of collaborative working for sustainable development in Wales;
  • Introducing the Joint Bidding Guide which has been produced by Welsh Government;
  • Offering advice on how to get started: both buy and supply side;
  • Piloting the updated tools and templates being developed for the Joint Bidding Guide for more effective collaborative working;
  • Creating an open environment for delegate discussion and debate.

The workshops received positive feedback from delegates with the majority agreeing strongly that the structured discussions had improved their understanding of consortia development and given them better appreciation of the challenges faced by both the buy and supply sides. Significantly, many delegates said that the workshop would influence changes to the way that they currently work.

Welsh Government and National Procurement Service (NPS) have received special recognition for the development of the Joint Bidding Guide and the support it offers buyers and suppliers by winning two prestigious Government Opportunities Procurement Awards (GOAwards UK and GOAwards Wales).

Read more about Cardiff Business School’s Public Value strategy and its commitment to delivering social improvement alongside economic improvement.

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