Level 2 (Intermediate)

2.1. Tender Procedures and the ESPD

Understand the various types of procedure and examine the new ESPD at this Level 2 (Intermeditate) workshop

The first half of this intermediate-level workshop covers the various types of tender procedures in detail, including processes and timescales. The second half deals with the selection stage and completing the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) [ formerly the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire PQQ]

Key topics:

  • Tender threshold values
  • Procedures and Timescales
  • Filling in an ESPD form
  • Reasons for exclusion
  • Selection criteria
  • Contracts terms and conditions

This event is suitable for you if:

  • You have a basic understanding of public sector procurement (completed Level 1 or have equivalent experience)
  • You want to improve your chances of passing the ESPD and ITT stages

Your next workshop is 2.2 Finding and understanding framework opportunities.

2.2.        Finding and Understanding Framework Opportunities

Find out everything you need to know about framework opportunites at this Level 2 (Intermediate) workshop

Frameworks are an integral part of public procurement and can be a lucrative source of business, but it’s essential to understand the Agreement. This workshop explains the types of frameworks available and what you can expect from them.

A speaker from Scotland Excel, the Centre of Procurement Expertise for the local government sector, will be in attendance at this event to discuss their framework contracts and how they work with SMEs in Scotland.

Key topics:

  • What is a Framework Agreement
  • What frameworks exist in Scotland
  • Methods of use
  • Your expectations and rights as a supplier

This event is suitable for you if:

  • You have a basic understanding of public sector procurement (completed Level 1 or have equivalent experience)
  • You are considering applying to get on a Framework Agreement

Your next workshop is 2.3. Improving Your Bid Score

2.3 Improving Your Bid Score

Getting the highest possible score in your bid is essential to winning a contract, but it can be difficult to know what exactly the buyer is looking for. This workshop will provide an insight into buyers’ needs and expectations and ensure you’re winning points

Key topics:

  • Understanding the client
  • Finding information (including Freedom of Information requests)
  • Asking questions
  • Bid writing skills
  • Pricing your bid
  • Award Criteria and Weightings
  • Quality versus Cost

This event is suitable for you if:

  • You have a good understanding of public sector procurement (completed Level 1 or have equivalent experience)
  • You want to improve your bid score
  • Get top tips on writing a winning bid

The next workshop is 2.4. Understanding community benefits and sustainability

2.4. Understanding Community Benefits and Sustainability

Sustainable procurement is a vital element of public sector procurement. As well as environmental issues it also includes social issues such as equality and diversity, and fair and ethical trading, plus economic issues including opportunities for SMEs and the third sector.

This workshop is particularly recommended for third sector organisations

Key topics:

  • What is sustainable procurement?
  • Procurement for supported businesses and the third sector
  • Community benefits
  • Living wage
  • Being a “Best practice employer”
  • Life cycle costing
  • Delivering Added value
  • Corporate social responsibility

This event is suitable for you if:

  • You have a good understanding of public sector procurement (completed Level 1 or have equivalent experience)
  • You want to understand how best to demonstrate community benefit in your bid

Your next workshop is 3.1. Seeking feedback and improving your bid

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