Procurement and supply chain: 6 April 2023

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6 April 2023

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Procurement and supply chain

Local Government Procurement Expo (LGPE) – LGA Cafe

27 April 2023, Hammersmith, London | In person conference

The Procurement Team are branching out at this year’s Local Government Procurement Expo and will be residing in our very own café with colleagues from the Crown Commercial Service and NEPO.

We’ll also have colleagues from Sandwell demonstrating their new the Business Process Mapping for Procurement toolkit, a joint venture with Local Partnerships that helps you visualise the details of your current process of your function, identify its strengths and weaknesses and create opportunities for more efficiencies.

We will also be joined by Change Please Coffee as our coffee partner - they are a social enterprise who are giving people experiencing homelessness a living wage job, housing, training, onwards opportunities — and a fresh shot at a life.

So come along, say hello to the team and check out what we’ve got to offer.

Book a place at LGPE 2023 Expo

Accelerating decarbonisation through public procurement

Thursday 25 May 2023, 10.00am – 11.30am

We are seeing carbon reduction plans becoming the norm in a lot of large-scale projects and the new Transforming Public Procurement legislation will place greater emphasis on how public money spent through procurement must support government priorities - which includes tackling climate change.

Procurement can be complex, none more so than procuring contracts with decarbonisation measures and targets included in the specification. This is an emerging market with new technologies and new considerations.

The LGA is hosting this webinar to help support councils through showcasing examples of decarbonisation projects and collaborations, showing you the toolkits and resources that are out there and share good practice from across the sector in the high carbon emitting areas we work in, notably, construction, transport, housing and energy management.

Book a place at Accelerating Decarbonisation event


Public sector decarbonisation guidance

Energy Saving Catapult have just published their Public Sector Decarbonisation Guidance which aims to simplify the process of cutting carbon emissions and energy bills with simplicity, speed and scale.

This Guidance takes learnings from the award-winning Modern Energy Partners (MEP) programme and expertise from across Energy Systems Catapult to provide guidance on heat decarbonisation and energy management.

List of projects for Phase 3a of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme

This Procurement Policy Note 03/23: Standard selection questionnaire – revision

This Procurement Policy Note (PPN03/23) has been slightly revised to make a few minor refinements and corrections to the Selection Questionnaires (SQs).

The SQs and accompanying statutory guidance and replaces PPN 08/16 and applies to all contracting authorities in England, and contracting authorities in Wales and Northern Ireland that exercise wholly or mainly reserved functions, in each case when undertaking above threshold procurements within part 2 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015).

Please note that the revised standard selection questions are to be in use at the latest by 1 June 2023 but can be used immediately. This timescale is to allow for the time needed to incorporate the revised SQ into procurement processes and for the amendment of e-procurement tools.

Please circulate this PPN within your organisation, drawing it to the attention of those with a purchasing role.

Green Job Delivery Group

The LGA is supporting the local government representative on the Green Job Delivery Group, is a cross-sector group led by ministers and which includes representatives of training organisations, green groups, energy companies and other organisations with expertise and interest in green jobs and skills.

We are working with the MCA (Mayoral Combined Authorities) Network, Solace, and ADEPT, along with other partners to explore local capacity and capability issues related to green jobs and skills.

We are keen to continue to hear from the sector to support our continual policy development. We are specifically keen to hear about the following green job sectors:

  • retrofit and energy efficiency.
  • nature and land management skills.
  • energy security and low carbon technology.

If you would like to share any best practice, raise any local challenges, or would like to contribute to our policy development, please get in touch with

Local Government Apprentice of the Year 2023

Register your amazing apprentices for the Local Government Apprentice of the Year 2023 on 24 and 25 May 2023. Apprentices will work in supportive virtual teams to experience the opportunities, risks and challenges involved in delivering successful local government services, and they might win an award for their efforts – registration is open until 3 May 2023.

Webinars and events

Commissioned by the Home Office, the Shiva Foundation are hosting a series of lunchtime Modern Slavery in the supply chain webinars throughout April:

Shiva Foundation Modern slavery statements and policies
Tuesday 18 April, 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Virtual

Shiva Foundation Training and modern slavery leads
Tuesday 20 April, 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Virtual

Shiva Foundation Modern Slavery Risk assessments and risk mapping
Tuesday 25 April, 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Virtual

Shiva Foundation Modern Slavery Procurement protocols, supplier engagement and audit
Thursday 27 April, 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Virtual

Shiva Foundation Modern Slavery Reporting and remediation
Tuesday 2 May, 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Virtual

Local Government Procurement Expo (LGPE) 2023
Thursday 27 April, 8.30am–4.00pm | Novotel London West (Hammersmith), International Centre, 1 Shortlands, London W6 8DR

The Social Value Conference 2023 – 'Towards a Social Value economy'
Tuesday 13–Wednesday 14 June, 9.00am–5.30pm | Church House Westminster, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ

CIPFA 'Unleash the Power of Procurement to Deliver Better Public Services' Conference
Tuesday 16 May, 8.30am–3.30pm | The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Auditorium, 1 Moorgate Place, London EC2R 6EA

Supplier Development Programme (SDP) Meet the Buyer Conference
17 May 2023, 10:00am – 4:00pm | Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) | In person

Procurex National 2023 Conference
1 June 2023 | Birmingham NEC | In person conference

Towards a Social Value Economy - The Social Value Conference 2023
13 - 14 June 2023 | Westminster, London | In person conference


The LGA Procurement team manages several LGA webpages dedicated to your needs. Please email if you would like any information added to our webpages:

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