The conference season is now well and truly upon us, but with a real mix of approaches. Some are being held in a virtual environment, some are face to face and others aiming for something of a mix.
Over the next few weeks, I will personally be participating in three such events.
Firstly, I’ll be taking part in a ‘virtual’ round table discussion on the subject of achieving net zero through procurement being arranged as a live webinar on the 21st September by the CIHT. After all, what we ask for in a procurement is what we get, so how do clients specify this requirement and balance it with all the other important factors such as health and safety and social value without the bids becoming financially unsustainable. I’ll leave the answer until we hold the debate.
The second event is our own Strictly Highways being hosted on our fantastic virtual platform which will consist of a live exhibition, live presentations, and some pre-recorded sessions. This event will take place over the 6th and 7th October and promises to be really popular with both public and private sector participants. What I’ll aim to share at this event is the current initiatives we are working on in LCRIG including our achievement with ISO44001, a national DPS, a market place (to exchange, loan and buy equipment across all local authorities) and a national training platform we are intent on developing.
Finally, in November (3rd and 4th) I’ll be sharing the stage with the likes of TTF, ADEPT, ITS UK, LGTAG, ARTSM, RTSA, TOPAS and possibly others to try and draw together our collective strength to offer a more focused support to the sector. I hope you’ll find time to attend these events as they are such a fantastic learning opportunity.
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