This event is now over and took place on Wed 06 May 2015

Event Summary

The new public procurement regulations came into force at the end of February 2015. They are designed to make the procurement process simpler and more flexible and to improve the access of SMEs and voluntary organisations to contract opportunities.

The new regulations abolish the distinction between Part A and Part B services and introduce a new ‘light touch’ regime for health, social care and other areas, amongst other changes. The regulations are likely to have significant impacts on ways of working for the public, third and voluntary sectors.

This seminar will provide delegates with practical guidance on how the new rules differ from the old regime. The session will be helpful to both bidders, and buyers who must procure under the rules. It will cover:

  • a basic overview of the changes
  • the new ‘light touch’ regime for health, social care and other contracts
  • help for mutuals and social enterprises
  • buying ‘in-house’, spin-outs and cooperative working

Why choose this course?

There are some important changes in the new rules. This seminar will provide an efficient way of making sure you are up to speed with the changes, and allow you to put questions to our specialists. It will also provide good networking opportunities.

Who should attend?

This seminar will be of particular interest to any SME or voluntary organisation which wishes to learn about how the changes to the procurement rules will affect their contracting opportunities.


8:30am: Registration and breakfast

9:00am-10:00am: Seminar 


This seminar is free to attend.


Bates Wells Braithwaite at 10 Queen Street Place, EC4R 1BE

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