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SUPPLY Lincolnshire’s Announces Free Workshops To Improve SME Procurement Practices

October 20 in Daily News by eisc No Comments

A county council-led programme designed to help small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Lincoln, Boston and East Lindsey become contractors for the county’s largest private and public sector businesses, has announced a series of free workshops scheduled to take place during late October and November 2014.

Created as a way of introducing county companies to SUPPLY Lincolnshire and the free support that is available through the project, the newly announced workshops will focus on a number of topics, ranging from finding and winning customers to enhancing public procurement practices.

Thomas Moore, Project Manager  for SUPPLY Lincolnshire, commented: “Now that we’ve completed our supply chain mapping exercise and have hosted our first Meet the Buyer event, we’re now looking forward to providing a series of workshops to eligible SMEs that are designed to get them ready to win new contracts, not just from private firms, but from public organisations.

“Our hope is that businesses attending will recognise the value of the advice we can provide and decide to join SUPPLY Lincolnshire as a way of securing even more support, including bespoke one-to-one assistance.”


SUPPLY Lincolnshire’s series of two workshops include:

Finding & Winning New Customers – 28th October and 29th October, 9am to 1pmThis workshop will take delegates on a journey to defining their products & services, understanding the various types of communication tools, identifying & keeping customers and measuring risks.


By the end of the course, delegates will leave equipped with knowledge of various tools and techniques that can be used to create a plan to improve their sales, marketing and overall understanding of the need for company engagement with potential customers.

Training in Public Procurement – 20th November and 25th November, 9am to 1pmFacilitated by the Lincolnshire County Council’s Procurement Lincolnshire team and designed to educate delegates on procurement requirements for council-based contracts, this workshop will provide an overview of procurement in the public sector, advice on how to complete and review Request for Quotation documents, top tips for winning new business and a briefing of the various opportunities and resources available. 


Attendees will leave the workshop with a greater understanding of the public procurement process and will be better equipped to win public sector contracts.

All events will take place at Fortuna Business Centre, located on Mareham Road in Horncastle, LN9 6BW. Spaces are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To book a place for any of these workshops, call 07920 563771 or email 

Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development at LCC, said: “SUPPLY Lincolnshire is all about encouraging local companies to thrive, and a good way of doing that is by helping them discover the opportunities that are right there on their doorstep and providing them with the tools and information to take advantage of these.

“By attending these workshops and meeting SUPPLY Lincolnshire’s expert advisors, SMEs can see first-hand that the project is an extremely useful tool that can help their business gain a competitive edge by becoming part of the county’s supply chain.”

In partnership with Procurement Lincolnshire and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Lincolnshire County Council successfully secured £251,000 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to help stimulate the Lincolnshire economy by developing and supporting supply chains within the county’s key sectors. 

In addition to preparing SMEs to win contracts with the county’s largest organisations, SUPPLY Lincolnshire is also focused on connecting smaller Lincolnshire companies with one another to encourage buying and trading locally.

For more information about SUPPLY Lincolnshire, visit or e-mail 

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Innovation Procurement ::  Events

October 20 in Daily News by eisc No Comments

Modernising the public sector and boosting economic growth through Innovation Procurement

Milan, Italy
The European High Level Conference and Networking on pre-commercial procurement (PCP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI) ”Modernising the public sector and boosting economic growth through Innovation Procurement” will be held in Milan (Italy) on 26 – 27 November 2014.

The conference will bring together procurers and stakeholders from the public sphere to network and collaborate on future calls of the research and innovation programme of the European Union (EU), Horizon 2020 (H2020).

A special session on PCP in robotics will be held on 27 November. This session will outline funding opportunities in robotics PCP, present potential project ideas, answer audience questions, and offer networking opportunities for likeminded professionals.

For more information or to register for the event please see the link below:


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The Innovation Procurement Conference will be held in Milan in November

October 7 in Daily News by eisc No Comments

On 26 and 27 November 2014 a high level conference on Innovation Procurement will be held under the auspices of the Italian Presidency in Milan, in collaboration with the Lombardy Region of Italy.
The aim of the conference is to bring together procurers and key stakeholders from several  domains of public interest to discuss possible collaborations and networking in view of the H2020 future calls on Innovation Procurement.

The agenda will be published and the registration will be open at the beginning of September.

Please note that if you have logged in with your ECAS account, you can subscribe to the Innovation procurement page to receive regular updates on news and events.


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Innovation Procurement Workshop at Open Days 2014 | Digital Agenda for Europe | European Commission

October 7 in Daily News by eisc No Comments

Brussels, Centre Borschette, Room 0B
The workshop, taking place on 7 October from 14:30 until 17:00, will highlight the regional aspects of Innovation Procurement, focusing mainly on the health sector.

Two best practise examples will be presented namely the following:

The Thalea project which implements a PCP to improve the care for acutely live-threatened patients by telemedicine and tele-monitoring;
The Stop and Go project that executes a PPI to improve telecare services for frail elderly people with multiple conditions.
In addition, information will be shared about support given by the European Commission for PCP and PPI in Horizon 2020, emphasising the calls on health. Moreover, the synergies between the Structural Funds and Horizon 2020 on the implementation of Innovation Procurement will be highlighted.

Registration is possible through the Open Days 2014 web page.


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German defence ministry and arms industry come under fire –

October 6 in Daily News by eisc No Comments

The German defence ministry and arms industry are braced for a hard-hitting report expected to highlight “mistakes on all sides” in their repeated failure to deliver military equipment on budget and on time.
The review by KPMG, the consultancy, due to be published on Monday, is expected to recommend changes in policy and procedure in both the ministry’s procurement offices and at defence companies, according to one person familiar with the industry.

According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung daily, the report will identify “140 problems and risks”, including overworked officials, imprecise contracts and confused responsibilities. It will call for an urgent overhaul that could take “at least two years” to implement.
The analysis was commissioned in June by defence minister Ursula von der Leyen, a high-profile conservative sometimes seen as a potential successor to chancellor Angela Merkel. Her ability to reform procurement will be viewed as a key political test.
The report comes after a string of embarrassing technical failures that have highlighted problems caused by delays in introducing new equipment and providing spare parts.
Two weeks ago, Germany’s first shipment of arms to Iraq’s Kurds, to help in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), was delayed when the designated transport plane broke down. The defective aircraft was Dutch but was leased because of the lack of a suitable German aircraft. Ms von der Leyen was left with a PR fiasco, flying to Erbil, the regional Kurdish capital, for a ceremonial handover of weapons that had yet to arrive.
Last week, a German transport plane en route to Senegal to assist in the battle against the Ebola outbreak in west Africa was stranded in the Canary Islands because of a defect.
And a few days later it emerged that a contingent of troops in Afghanistan could not return to Germany for want of a transport aircraft.
Meanwhile, German MPs commissioned a report two weeks ago that showed large swaths of equipment were out of action because of shortages of spare parts. Only 24 out of 43 Transall C-160 transport planes were operational, as were 41 of 190 helicopters, 42 of 109 Eurofighter fighters and 280 out of 406 Marder fighting vehicles.
Last week, Germany disclosed that there was a technical problem even with those Eurofighters that were operational – a fault in the finishing of drill holes in the fuselages, made by BAE Systems in the UK, which also affects the aircraft belonging to other countries. The jets remain in service while BAE investigates the issue. But the revelation has added to public unease in Germany about defence procurement.
Ms von der Leyen says Berlin can fulfil any short-term crisis-response Nato commitments and manage its current foreign deployments. Some 3,700 German soldiers are serving abroad of a total 180,000. But she acknowledged in German media last week that the country was falling short on a general pledge to Nato to have a certain proportion of its forces ready for combat.
Germany’s defence budget is 1.3 per cent of its gross domestic product, short of Nato’s 2 per cent target (fulfilled only by the US, the UK, Greece and Estonia). But money alone is not the issue – last year €1.3bn of the $6bn equipment budget went unspent.
KPMG is focusing on nine procurement projects, including the Eurofighter, the Eurohawk drone, the Tiger and NH90 helicopters, and the A400M transport plane, under development by Airbus.
The A400M is in the spotlight because a five-year delivery delay has forced Germany to rely on the 50-year-old Transall transporter, which often breaks down.
Germany’s Social Democrats have pointed the finger at their CDU/CSU coalition partners, saying that Ms von der Leyen and her three most recent predecessors as defence minister are all members of Ms Merkel’s CDU.
But defence analysts root the problems in an unwieldy arms-purchasing bureaucracy, lack of competition in the industry and the pressure to develop Europe-wide projects, such as the A400M, which fall under the influence of multiple rival governments.


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