WATCH THE RECORDING: Procurement in times of change | Guidance for local authorities

Date 18 November 2019
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Is your local authority looking to procure waste and recycling services in the next few years? How can you accurately tender for new services and solutions with the uncertainty surrounding DEFRA’s resources and waste strategy targets, impending DRS and significant EPR reform looming on the horizon? Join us for this insightful webinar to find out how from the client, consultant and successful bidders perspectives you can reduce risks and uncertainty – saving yourself both time and money.

Every few years, local authorities have to revisit the complex and lengthy procedure of tendering for new waste and recycling services, but with so much change on the horizon, right now this might be a more daunting prospect than usual.

The Somerset Waste Partnership consists of Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West and Taunton Council, South Somerset District Council and Somerset County Councils, and procuring waste services on behalf of all of these authorities at a time when the entire industry is facing changes in policy, targets and funding adds a further political complication.

From DEFRA’s resources and waste strategy targets, to an impending deposit return scheme (DRS) and significant extended producer responsibility (EPR) reform, there are many additional considerations for local authority officers when designing their preferred services and determining their route to procure.

This year, SWP has been through this tendering process with their key consideration being to ensure the future proofing of their service provision given the changing policy landscape. Now, having appointed a new waste and recycling service partner, the client, consultant and the successful bidders are able to provide insights for other local authorities who will soon find themselves in the same position. We hope to dispel some of the myths about why procuring right now is too complex.

This free webinar session will give you an opportunity to gain advice, hints and tips and strategic management guidance for how to successfully navigate the tendering process at this disruptive time. Hosted by Dr Adam Read, External Affairs Director at SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, Mickey Green, Managing Director of Somerset Waste Partnership, and, Andy Grant from Eunomia, you will be guided through the process, and hear how flexibility and communication were key to ensuring all aspects of the brief were met, and why appropriate risk allocation and ownership were central to delivering value for money solutions. This hour-long session will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions specific to your circumstances, and see how these experiences could be adopted or adapted to suit you.

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