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15 Feb 2018

Conference Preview: Delivering Better Outcomes

Full programme now available for the Scotland Excel Conference


Our two-day annual conference will take place on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 February at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow. The conference, which gives delegates the opportunity to hear from expert speakers and take part in skills development workshops, is a flagship event in our calendar.

This year’s agenda reflects the theme of Delivering Better Outcomes through: sustainability, responsive public services, innovation and being stronger, fairer and more inclusive.

The first day of the conference is dedicated to local authority procurement professionals. As part of a packed agenda, Dr Oliver Escobar, Co-Director of What Works Scotland and a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, will deliver a keynote address on the benefits of effective decision making for our sector.

Other speakers set to address the delegates on day one include: Mark MacMillan, former leader of Renfrewshire Council, Sarah Deas, Chief Executive of Co-operative Development Scotland, Pauline Graham, Chief Executive of Social Firms Scotland, and Beth Anne Logan from Children’s Hearings Scotland

We are delighted that the City of Edinburgh Council and East Ayrshire Council will also take the stage to share their best practice and innovative processes.

The second day of the conference is designed to promote networking and exchange between public sector buyers and Scotland Excel suppliers.

As part of a packed agenda renowned political scientist Professor Sir John Curtice, will provide a valuable insight on how both parties can ensure a favourable public opinion of public goods and services.

Scotland Excel’s Head of Strategic Procurement, Hugh Carr, will deliver an informative session on developing and managing effective supplier relationships and Andy Door, Head of Procurement at Scottish Prison Service, will lead a discussion on how to improve business relationships. 

Also on the agenda is a lively panel discussion and workshop facilitated by Pink Elephant Communications who understand that communicating with confidence is critical to developing successful business relationships.

Scotland Excel’s Gary Mooney will end the day by leading a thought-provoking conversation with Zero Waste Scotland on how suppliers can help the drive towards a greener Scotland.

With the Supplier Awards on the evening of day one, it’s shaping up to be an exciting couple of days!