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2015 Annual Procurement Capability Event

2 April 2015

Over 70 delegates from nearly 40 Central Government non-departmental public bodies and agencies gathered in Glasgow on Tuesday 17 March, 2015 for the fifth Annual Capability Event.

We were delighted to welcome Keith Brown, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities who delivered the day’s keynote address.

The Cabinet Secretary spoke about the good progress that has been made in the approach to procurement in Scotland in recent years, but also of the challenges that the sector faces moving forward in relation to the consultation process on the Procurement Reform Act and new EU Directives. He also focused on the changes happening around the new Assessment Regime 2015, which will replace the previous Procurement Capability Assessments undertaken by many Central Government organisations.

The new Assessment Regime will continue to assess organisations by measuring and reporting on their levels of procurement delivery through the provision of evidence based around a series of set questions and other evaluation methods.

The event also provided the opportunity to welcome our new Director, Ainslie McLaughlin, to his first procurement event as Director of Procurement and Commercial of the Scottish Government.

Procurement colleagues were also on hand to provide updates on the Procurement Reform Act and EU Directives changes, and also on the progress of the breadth of services being offered to the sector by the Central Government’s Procurement Shared Services team.

The day also provided delegates with an opportunity to network and attend workshops to discuss the new Assessment Regime 2015 and the pending statutory changes.

We will keep you updated through further regional events, workshops and drop-in sessions in coming months to help the sector in its preparation for the new Assessment Regime. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Scottish Procurement.