News from the Commercial Procurement Directorate

September 2023 • Issue 068



Save the date: Procurex Wales 2023 is around the corner!


Procurex Wales brings together procurement professionals from across the public, private and third sectors. 

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This year’s event takes place on 8 November at the Utilita Arena, Cardiff (formerly Cardiff International Arena). Stay tuned for updates on our exciting lineup of speakers who will be sharing their expertise and knowledge.

To register, visit the Procurex Wales website.

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GO Awards Wales 2023 returns to Cardiff!


GO Awards Wales recognises the achievements and successes of all involved in the delivery of Welsh public sector services – whether from the public, private or third sectors. The awards will be judged by leading procurement figures from across Wales and the UK.

This year’s ceremony takes place on 8 November at the Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff.

The deadline to submit your entry has been extended to 13 September. To submit your entry, visit the GO Awards website. If you need support with your entry, please e-mail:

CIPS shortlisted supply teachers framework puts social value at its core


Find out how our people and corporate services supply teachers framework, which has been shortlisted for the Best Initiative to Deliver Social Value through Procurement at the CIPS Excellence Awards, has increased transparency of agency fees and improved pay and working conditions for supply teachers in our filmed case study.

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Temporary workers and supply teachers

Our new temporary workers and supply teachers framework started on 1 August 2023. Further details on the framework are available on Sell2Wales (login required).

The framework provides access to a range of managed service models for corporate workers, local supply teacher recruitment agencies, and a new teacher booking platform.

If you have any queries about the new framework, please e-mail:

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Procurement Reform update


Are you ready for the evolving procurement landscape? We are working closely with the UK Government to ensure stakeholders have the resources available to them to prepare for the key legislative changes. Read on for more information.

Welsh Government Modern Slavery Statement


On 10 August, the Welsh Government published its Modern Slavery Statement.


The Statement sets out how we will work to reduce the risks of modern slavery in our organisation and in our commercial supply chains. It also includes information about our wider work with the Welsh public sector and its suppliers.

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We also encourage all organisations in Wales to sign up to our Code of Practice on Ethical Employment in Supply Chains. This includes a commitment to publish a modern slavery statement each year, and many have been published as a result.

Modern slavery involves the exploitation of both children and adults, including through labour exploitation, criminal exploitation, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude. For more information about how to spot the signs and report concerns, please see our Live Fear Free webpage.

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Adoption of PPN 07/23: Security Classification Policy


We have adopted the UK Government’s Procurement Policy Note (PPN) 07/23: Security Classification Policy with immediate effect. For further details, visit our website.

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CIPS Corporate Award Advanced Practitioner Programme


We are aiming to launch the 2023/24 Corporate Award Advanced Practitioner programme at the end of this year. The window for expressions of interest will close on 20 September.  To register your interest, please e-mail:

If you are a deferred student on our programme, we will contact you shortly to establish your plans on rejoining the programme. Alternatively, please contact us directly. You will be required to re-sign the updated programme documentation.

If you have any queries, please e-mail:

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Helping you manage contracts and suppliers


The Welsh public sector spends over £8bn per annum on procuring goods, services and works. 

Ensuring that the public sees value for money on this annual expenditure requires effective contract management. We want to ensure you have the relevant skills and knowledge to deliver the best commercial outcomes. For further details, visit our website.

If you have any queries, please e-mail

Category updates

Digital, data and ICT


This month’s digital, data and ICT update includes details of when the new eInvoicing agreement starts; Cyd Cymru and their newly launched website; and much more. Read on for the latest news.

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