Louise Free

South East Consortium, Chair

About the Speaker:

Louise has over fifteen years’ experience in social housing and has worked for both Local Authorities and Housing Associations. She leads on our market engagement with customers and suppliers. Louise is passionate about customer care – and ensures that delivering brilliant services is at the heart of everything we do.

Session Title:

An Introduction to Public Procurement & How to Work for Public Sector

Why do we have to tender public sector work? This session unpicks the Public Contract Regulations 2015, the emerging UK Procurement Bill, but most importantly, what that means for you. There are certain tools and skills that will help you access more public sector work, and this is the start of your Bid Better journey.


Session Title:

Writing Better Quality Submissions

Quality submissions now commonly form 60%-80% of any scored evaluation for public sector work, and while price is certainly important, your knowledge, experience and ability to perform an excellent service are critical. Thousands of SMEs across the sector are doing fantastic work, but many cannot necessarily articulate that accurately in a public sector bid. Procurement organisations have a duty to ask the right questions, and this session from our Platinum Sponsor, South East Consortium, helps you, the bidder, answer those questions.


9.00am - 4.00pm

Networking Breakfast:
7.30am - 9.00am

Gala Dinner:
Reception 5.00pm
Dinner served 6.30pm

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