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Public Sector Solutions Expo 2018
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Corby Ganesh, Portfolio Director at GovNet, discusses how this year’s show in Manchester Central is the ideal space for procurement professionals to network, meet suppliers and learn what’s new in the industry. The expo’s aim is to encourage more effective and efficient public procurement policy, through purchasing better value-for-money supplies, services and works to deliver effective public services.
Effective public services
This year’s event has been designed to connect public sector procurement professionals, with leading exhibitors - including Airbus Defence and Space, Pitney Bowes, CitySprint, Office of Government Property, Shell UK Oil Products, Screwfix, UK Fast and The Growth Company - political heavyweights and leaders from government departments and other leading public sector bodies to develop a conversation around effective procurement strategies.
The expo will engage a wide stakeholder audience of those connected with procurement to develop links, exchange ideas and create debate around delivering more effective and efficient public services. Bringing together over 1,500 senior public sector professionals and over 80 leading suppliers, this year’s event will centre around a day of knowledge, insight and collaboration.
The event has four core themes – digital and technology, corporate solutions, local infrastructure, and workforce and leadership – and sessions, speakers and exhibits are built around these topics. These areas are designed to ultimately help the public sector save money, improve performance and deliver better public services.
One of the event’s central areas of focus is digital and tech. It offers the opportunity to solve any number of public sector challenges, with the potential to reduce costs, deliver more citizen-centred services and bring government into the 21st century. Case-studies and panel debates will discuss the challenges around lack of capital investment, security fears and legacy issues which make digital transformation difficult.
The current state of the public sector is also a key emphasis which will underpin much of the event’s discussion. Big strides have been made to reform the sector and deliver improved value for money and avoid cuts to frontline services. Discussions will be conducted around what else can be done to manage individual organisations’ finances and how to best engage suppliers.
The infrastructure of the sector will also be a major talking point and the event will look at ways to improve shared services, agile working and the development of more modern workplaces, as well as the delivery of infrastructure assets. The final strand of the event will examine workforce and leadership in a time of austerity and the ability to recruit, retain and develop talented staff.
The benefits of attending
The event will offer solutions to help transform the UK’s public sector and improve public services, from more effective procurement processes, to connecting transport systems.
The expo has been designed to appeal to professionals who lead, manage and deliver public services. Visitors can expect to meet more than 80 suppliers of innovative solutions and services designed to help the public sector save money, improve performance and ultimately deliver better public services.
The event has attracted some leading industry speakers such as Adriana Laguna, Low Carbon Technologies and External Engagement Manager at UK Power Networks, Barry White, Chief Executive at Transport for the North, and Graham Botham, Network Rail’s Strategy & Planning Director (North) who will offer thought-provoking discussion around challenges and solutions to benefit the public sector.
Technology is a key theme and has the potential to truly transform public services and save money. UKFast, a leading UK-based and family-built cloud and hosting provider, will be returning as an exhibitor at this year’s expo, and are keen to engage with visitors about new tech. Stephen Jewell, Head of Public Sector at UKFast, said: “We're meeting people from public sector organisations who want to unlock new technologies like AI, big data and machine learning. We’re enabling them to do this by plugging in and accessing burstable cloud facilities at a moment's notice, which is something they just couldn’t do before.”
Visitors will have the opportunity to discover and debate the delivery of better public services including cross-sector collaboration, the potential impact of digital technology and automation, recruitment and retention, and effective cost-saving measures.
Attendees are encouraged to uncover new and innovative solutions, discuss specific challenges and trial out products at the Public Sector Solutions Expo Manchester 2018, the one-stop shop for public sector procurement.
Information about the show:
The Public Sector Solutions Expo Manchester is the UK’s must-attend regional public sector event. It will take place on 20th November 2018 at Manchester Central and is free to attend for those working in the public sector.
Over 90 leading speakers and thousands of senior budget-holders and decision-makers will attend to discuss the future challenges and opportunities facing the public sector across four key themes: digital and technology, corporate solutions, local infrastructure, and workforce and leadership.
They will be joined by more than 80 leading suppliers of solutions and services designed to help the public service save money, improve performance and ultimately deliver better public services.
Attendees will be able to discover new and innovative solutions, discuss specific challenges and test out products – the Expo is a one-stop shop for public sector procurement.
To find out more please register for free or visit our website.