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“The most challenging times in procurement are arguably yet to come”

Interview with SFHA Procurement Adviser Dougie Gold

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Dougie Gold, SFHA Procurement Adviser, shares his views on the future of procurement and what he is most looking forward to about the federation’s Procurement Conference next month.

What do you think are key issues that will be covered by this year’s SFHA Procurement Conference?

This year’s conference has a wide and varied selection of current topics, covering issues on how procurement has changed housing associations and what we need to do to ensure we meet the requirements and get a good outcome from the Procurement and Commercial Improvement Programme that all housing associations will be a part of over time. We will also look at the ESPD and how to score this fairly, proportionally and transparently to move on the second stage in the dual stage process.

What are you most looking forward to about the conference?

I am particularly interested in the competitive dialogue procurement session to hear Thenue Housing Association’s experiences in using the competitive dialogue procedure to procure its 10-year reactive repairs contract.

The Legal Clinic will also offer an opportunity in this interactive session to ask a panel of legal experts about issues that are important to you and your association in connection with procurement.

What should organisations be looking out for regarding the future of procurement?

The Public Contract Scotland Regulation 2015 and Procurement Reform Act 2014 have been in use for almost two years now, but it is safe to say that only now are we all getting more used to the changes and requirements of the regulations and act. However, the most challenging times are arguably yet to come. Contractors and suppliers are becoming more informed about what housing associations should be doing in connection with procurement and this means that housing associations need to ensure they follow the regulations and act requirements to make sure they are fully compliant.

This year’s Procurement Conference takes place on 7 February, which follows the Development Conference on 6 February. Both take place at The Studio in Glasgow. Take advantage and get two events at one great price for £375 – a saving of £63 per delegate. Alternatively, book three delegate places and receive a fourth free.

For more information or to book now visit www.sfha.co.uk/whats-on/event-details/procurement-conference-2018

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