Last few days before the defence procurement event of the year

DPRTE 2013There is now just days remaining until the Defence Procurement Research, Technology and Exportability (DPRTE) event 2013, the leading defence procurement conference and exhibition in the UK.

DPRTE 2013 provides an unrivalled opportunity for defence buyers and end users to experience the latest innovative technologies and explore how they might apply such technologies in their every day procurements.

Explore defence and security markets

The DPRTE 2013 Showcase Exhibition will provide a platform for existing and aspiring suppliers to: promote their capabilities to over 1000 key decision makers; explore defence and security export markets; identify potential partners and emerging international markets; and cultivate business relationships with buyers spanning defence and other technology-driven markets.

Some of the high-profile exhibitors already scheduled to exhibit at the event include Babcock, BAE Systems, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Frazer Nash Consultancy.

In addition, the event will feature a Keynote Conference Arena hosting key MOD policy makers, thought leaders and global defence experts from organisations such as DE&S and Dstl.

Engage with MOD Prime Contractors

DPRTE will also host Knowledge Transfer Zones featuring discussions of topics relevant to today’s defence market, a Buyer Engagement Village providing a unique opportunity to engage with both MOD and Prime Contractors and a Product Demonstration Zone, providing 15-minute showcase demonstrations throughout the day to allow buyers to discover new innovative products and services which will benefit the public sector from a cost, design and efficiency perspective.

The event takes place on 20 November at the UWE Bristol Exhibition and Conference Centre. There are now limited delegate spaces remaining, so to book your place today visit

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Improve your defence procurement knowledge at DPRTE 2013

DPRTE 2013Summary: The agenda and keynote speakers have been announced for this year’s DPRTE 2013 event, displaying the breadth of defence procurement knowledge and expertise available to discover at the event.

The Ministry of Defence and MOD DCO are joining forces at the Defence Procurement Research, Technology and Exportability event 2013, which takes place on 20 November at the UWE Bristol Exhibition and Conference Centre. Come meet decision makers from the MOD at Stand G69.

Defence knowledge and expertise

DPRTE 2013 represents a unique opportunity to engage directly with the defence procurement community, in addition to understanding the latest initiatives and opportunities that are currently taking place within this evolving and highly lucrative marketplace.

Recognising that innovation is born of knowledge, DPRTE 2013 will host a series of innovative workshops to facilitate knowledge transfer and support our ethos of continuous learning and collaboration.

Understand the defence procurement market

Facilitated through four dedicated Knowledge Transfer Zones, the workshop schedule will provide suppliers with an unrivalled opportunity to enhance their knowledge and understanding in relation to the defence procurement marketplace.

Keynote speakers for this year’s event include: Steven Morgan, Director Commercial Operations, DE&S; Richard Brooks, Programme and Delivery Director, Dstl; and Richard Blake, Deputy Head Commercial, Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO).

In addition, the event will host exclusive Knowledge Transfer Zones: Business Growth & Export; Prime Contractor Supply Chain; Research & Technology; Buyer Procurement  Excellence.

Click here to register to attend DPRTE 2013 and take advantage of the wealth of expertise on offer.

DPRTE 2013: it’s a buyer’s market

Crowd | Defence Contracts InternationalDefence Procurement Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) 2013 is fast approaching and is set to be even bigger and better than last year’s highly successful launch event.

The one-day event, to be held at the UWE Bristol Exhibition and Conference Centre on 20 November, will showcase innovative defence procurement for both buyers and suppliers.

Transparency is one of the core principles running through public procurement, and from the procurer’s point of view is one of the most effective defences against legal challenge.

DPRTE 2013 will be host to a new information hub outlining best practice in transparency – the Buyer Procurement Excellence Knowledge Transfer Zone. Here, buyers can gain expert guidance from PASS (Procurement Advice and Support Service) consultants on how to tender more effectively, enhancing practitioners’ overall knowledge and procurement capabilities.

With increasing pressure on the defence budget and public spending, the PASS consultants can assist buyers in developing more effective processes for public sector contracting, resulting in streamlined resources and delivering significant results.

From the initial contact with the marketplace via prior information notice (PIN) or contract notice, and from selection stage to award stage documentation, the information available at the Buyer Procurement Excellence Knowledge Sessions will make the procurement process more transparent, while outlining best practice.

The Knowledge Sessions will discuss the forthcoming new EU Procurement Directive, to be published later in 2013. This will include vital information on major changes to the current procurement regime, including new procedures and amendments to framework agreements and electronic catalogues, as well as timescale and threshold reforms.

Over the course of the day the latest legal intelligence will also be discussed, as will how to best adopt the ‘Toolbox Approach’ to help you make the right judgements.

Each PASS consultant has a strong background in the public sector and has extensive knowledge of procurement policies, processes, legislation and best practice.

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