Training events for Small/Medium Enterprise and Third Sector organisations

Virtual webinars and training events to help your SME/VCSE organisation succeed in public service bids Our training events are fully funded by our public sector clients, meaning they’re freely available to you and your organisation.


Navigating Public Sector Competitions - Standard Selection Questionnaire

06 March 2024, 12:30 PM

At this session (the first of four lunch and learn events) we'll look at the standard selection questionnaire (SSQ) working through each section and time for questions.


Navigating Public Sector Competitions - Answering Quality Questions

13 March 2024, 12:30 PM

At this second session, we'll look at the specification, evaluation criteria and how to answer technical/quality questions.

We'll break down the structure of questions and overview how to relate your response back to the specification and scoring criteria.

We'll use an example from a previous bid set of questions working through how to structure an answer


Navigating Public Sector Competitions - Legals (Terms and Conditions)

20 March 2024, 12:30 PM

At this third session we'll look at the terms and conditions, pulling out the main areas to focus on such as warranties/liabilities, cost increases, termination, IPR etc.

This session doesn't constitute legal advice but is guidance from a practitioners perspective.

We will look at standard goods and services contracts and will not cover SAAS (Software As A Service) or specific Construction Contracts such as NEC3


Navigating Public Sector Competitions - The Feedback Process

27 March 2024, 12:30 PM

At this final session, we'll look at the feedback process. After every public sector bid when the result of the tender is communicated to you, it should be accompanied by some feedback. In this session, we will go through examples of useful feedback and an overview of what you should expect to get or can ask for from the contracting authority. We will also chat about how to use feedback for future work. We'll also discuss what to do if you're not happy with either the outcome or process and where you can go to get support.

With the Procurement Act due to come into force in October 2024, we'll also showcase how feedback processes will change under the new regulations and what bidders can expect to get in the future.


Procurement Act 2023

09 April 2024, 9:30 AM

There is lots of information and guidance being developed for providers and buyers on the Procurement Act 2023 and this will become more prevalent as the Act comes into force in October 2024.

We take a look into what information is being released from the Government to help providers, especially smaller, diverse and voluntary sector organisations prepare for the changes.


Supplier Diversity - What is it and how do we achieve it?

16 April 2024, 10:00 AM

We'll be talking about Supplier Diversity. it's such an important topic and we want to get everyone not just talking about it but taking action. This event can be attended by both buyers and suppliers keen to chat about supplier diversity, about both the challenges and the opportunities.

We're delighted to be joined by Krystle Sands, Head of Supplier Diversity for Meta for the EMEA Region who will talk us through what they are doing to transform supplier diversity. Meta's goal is to create opportunities for diverse-owned companies to do business with Meta, and the people and communities that Meta connects.

We'll be chatting about some of the actions buyers can take to work towards a proportionate and representative supply base and how you can measure success.

What our clients say…

  • The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council have chosen to work with Go4Growth on developing diversity and inclusion in all our supply base across the city to maximise the positive impacts of business and local economic development. We see this as an important route to helping businesses gain additional skills and knowledge to be able to find and secure work both inside and outside of the Bradford area.

    The Go4Growth team is an important partnership for us in helping deliver our procurement strategy and in supporting our focus on how we work to secure a better long-term future for the district, its people, its communities and its businesses. Bradford Council is committed to delivering socially responsible, sustainable procurement and to developing relationships with the market to ensure that supply chains are rich in talent and diversity and that the public sector is accessible to all. We see working with Go4Growth as an important enabler in achieving that.

    Ian Westlake

    Head of Procurement, Finance, IT & Procurement Service, Bradford Council

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