Procurement: The Art of the Possible

On Friday 16th November, we held our Procurement: The Art of the Possible event at the The Prince’s Trust Wolfson Centre in Glasgow.

Scottish Government has made it clear that social enterprises have an important role to play in the design and delivery of public services, including employability provision.

Indeed, social enterprises share a desire to embed social value in commissioning and procurement so that the full weight of the public sector’s purchasing power is directed at achieving maximum social benefits for Scotland, alongside delivering value for money.

New legislation over recent years has opened up opportunities to support improved economic, social and environmental wellbeing – to tackle inequalities, promote innovation and create jobs for our young people and those with barriers to work.  Legislative levers are helpful but not enough on their own. We need to ensure that culture and behaviours are changing to ensure the power of public spend delivers genuine public value.

Our CEO, Pauline Graham, gave a strategic overview of public procurement and then procurement and commissioning colleagues alongside front line social enterprises debated Public Procurement: 12 years of Reform – has it made a difference?

Download Pauline’s presentation here

Download Event Summary here

Download Billy Murray’s (Scotland Excel) presentation here (from slide 5)