Procurement and supply chain bulletin: 15 July 2022

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Procurement and supply chain bulletin

15 July 2022

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Welcome to the merged National Advisory Group (NAG) and SOPO (Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government) e-bulletin. Feel free to circulate this email to your colleagues and suggest that they sign up to receive it themselves. This bulletin is delivered through our corporate communications service through which you can create or manage your subscriptions and read previous editions of this bulletin.

Procurement and supply chain

Embedding cyber security in local government supply chains – our new online guidance and e-learning modules

Local authorities rely on external suppliers to deliver devices, products and services. A council's ability to reduce the risk of a cyber attack depends upon the cyber security of the organisations within the supply chain. During the procurement process, the risk of cyber attack is at its highest due to third-party suppliers' differing cyber security practices and other external factors.

Embedding cyber-resilient practices into your local authority's supply chain is integral to preventing and mitigating cyber threats, which have increased following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Next week we will launch our new suite of online resources for procurement practitioners and those involved in the supply chain. Based on the National Cyber Security Centre’s 12 principles of supply chain security, our e-learning modules and other guidance will take learners through each step of the procurement process to increase their understanding of:

  • the cyber threat landscape for different types of procurement
  • best practices for reducing risk and mitigating disruption.

We will host two introductory webinars next week (see below for details).

Join us next week for our summer series of LGA procurement webinars (Monday 18–Thursday 21 July)

There's still time to sign up to our summer series of webinars aimed at increasing cyber security and cyber resilience in local government supply chains, and other events will cover the key areas of energy – through power purchasing agreements and social value.

Embedding cyber resilience into local government supply chains – an introduction for procurement officers and commercial teams
Monday 18 July, 2.00pm–3.30pm | Microsoft Teams

Introducing power purchase agreements (PPAs) for sustainable, domestically generated energy
Tuesday 19 July, 2.00pm–3.30pm | Microsoft Teams

Introducing and implementing social value – a councillor’s guide
Wednesday 20 July, 2.00pm–4.00pm | Microsoft Teams

Embedding cyber resilience into local government supply chains – an introduction for IT and cyber security officers
Thursday 21 July, 2.00pm–3.30pm | Microsoft Teams

Government guidance on digital, data and technology

Digital, data and technology (DDaT) underpins everything we do and the government provides vital services for millions of citizens every day. The public sector is estimated to spend £46 billion on digital in 2021/22. To ensure that spend meets the needs of our users in this rapidly evolving world, we need to continually strive for excellence by thinking about our products and services in new ways.

The Government's guidance document on sourcing and contracting for digital, data and technology projects and programmes – the Digital, Data and Technology Playbook – focuses on the importance of getting things right from the start. Setting projects and programmes up for success can take more time up-front but we know from past experience that early investment can be repaid many times over by enabling us to avoid costly mistakes later on.

New contract management training programme to boost commercial capability across the public sector

In partnership with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), the Local Government Association, and the Cabinet Office, Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is investing in a new contract management training programme – the Contract Management Pioneer Programme – to boost commercial capability across local government. Over the next 12 months, almost 200 local government officers who are required to manage contracts as part of their duties will complete the programme.

Webinars and events

Please see above for our summer series of LGA procurement webinars (Monday 18–Thursday 21 July).

Economic Growth roundtable – How can councils further develop digital skills in their local communities?
Tuesday 19 July, 10.00am–12.00pm | Online

Making construction procurements successful within public sector constraints (CIPFA Zoom webinar)
Tuesday 12 July, 9.30am–3.45pm | Online

Essex County Council’s Social Value Fest 2022
Monday 18–Thursday 21 July | Online

Procurement to partnership – your questions answered (E3M webinar)
Thursday 28 July, 2.00pm–3.00pm | Online (Zoom)

Sustainable procurement webinar
Tuesday 13 September, 10.00am–11.30am | Zoom


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