Procurement and supply chain bulletin: 17 November 2023

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Procurement and supply chain bulletin

17 November 2023

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Procurement and supply chain

Transforming Public Procurement learning and development curriculum

The Transforming Public Procurement learning and development curriculum is now live. The introduction of this new legislation provides the public sector with an opportunity to embrace a significant transformational approach to procurement and this is your one-stop-shop for all your learning and development needs.

The e-learning modules will provide you with sufficient knowledge to ensure that you can operate compliantly within the new regulations. Those who would like a more in-depth learning experience and the opportunity to work with others from across the public sector may be interested in the Government Commercial Function's Advanced Course of Deep Dives. Facilitated by professional coaches and subject matter experts, the course engages mixed groups in virtual classrooms designed to maximise experiential learning.

Keep an eye out for the Cabinet Office's stakeholder updates or sign up to receive them via the Transforming Public Procurement form or by emailing

Procurement Act (2023) videos, animations and guides

The Cabinet Office has also published:

Monitoring and responding to companies in distress

The National Audit Office's 'Lessons learned: Monitoring and responding to companies in distress' report draws on over 20 years of insights into how Government monitors and responds to companies in distress, bringing together what the NAO knows about important recurring issues to make it easier for others to understand and apply lessons from their work. The report and accompanying Monitoring and responding to companies in distress' guide provides offers support to those involved and the Audit framework for evaluating government spending highlights the importance of collating and sharing evaluation findings and lessons learned across government.

Gender-informed commissioning of homelessness services 

Homelessness services that are designed according to a one-size-fits-all approach often do not meet the needs of women, who often experience worse outcomes when rough sleeping. If you are a commissioner, join the Gender-informed commissioning community of practice to discover more about commissioning better services for women.

Heat Networks Efficiency Scheme

Round 6 of the Heat Networks Efficiency Scheme is now open and will close for applications on Friday 2 February 2024. The scheme is open to public, private and third sector applicants to support improvements to existing district heating or communal heating projects that are operating sub-optimally.

Leadership of urban digital innovation for public value –Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction course

In a follow-up to the successful launch of the two-day Executive Education Course in Leadership of Urban Digital Innovation for Public Value (LeadUP) last September, the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) has announced that the course will run again from Monday 26 to Tuesday 27 February 2024. The LeadUP course is tailored for senior executives and professionals in leadership roles within public and private organisations engaged in digital innovation projects, with a specific focus on the urban built environment. The programme aims to equip participants with fresh perspectives and competencies that are essential for steering digital innovation projects responsibly in connected places and cities.


Decarbonising transport (LGA virual event)
Wednesday 22 November,10.00am–11.30am | Zoom

Asset finance customer webinar (Crown Commercial Service webinar)
Tuesday 28 November, 11.00am–12.00pm | Online

National Children and Adult Services Conference
Wednesday 29 November–Friday 1 December | Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth BH2 5BH

iNetwork Annual Conference
Thursday 30 November | Hyatt Regency Manchester, 55 Booth Street West, Manchester M15 6PQ and online

Power-up your procurement (Social Value Portal webinar)
Thursday 30 November, 2.00pm–3.00pm | Online

Digitalisation training weekender event for councillors (an LGA 'Leadership Essentials' event)
Saturday 2 December–Sunday 3 December | Crowne Plaza Leeds, Wellington Street, Leeds LS1 4DL

Transforming Public Procurement: how we’re preparing for the new regulations (Crown Commercial Service webinars)
Monday 4 December, 11.00am–12.00pm | Online
Thursday 7 December, 2.30pm–3.30pm | Online
Wednesday 13 December, 10.00am–12.00pm | Online


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