Procurex Wales 2017

Written by

Lucy Davies

"As Marketing Manager at BOF I am involved in the preparation of all tender bids, website management, advertising, events & social media. Within our Projects Team I ensure the team is kept up-to-date with communications & liaise with all bof departments & suppliers to co-ordinate tender responses."

Procurex Wales 2017

November 14, 2017

Wales’ annual Festival of Public Procurement returned on Thursday, 9th November 2017. Working towards the ‘Taking Wales Forward 2016-2021‘ strategy, the most important day of the year for Wales’ public procurement community filled the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff. Procurex Wales 2017 was dedicated to enhancing innovation, collaboration and education through a wide range of interactive features, which are aligned to the challenges and opportunities facing Wales’ procurement community.

The event featured a range of skills development and educational features, facilitated through engaging workshops and advice hubs. In addition, the Product Showcase Exhibition provided a unique platform for public and third sector buyers to engage directly with a broad range of official framework and non-framework suppliers, who demonstrated their latest innovative solutions.

Procurex Wales 2017 features included:

  • Product Showcase Exhibition
  • Keynote Arena
  • Skills Development Training Zones
  • Welsh Government Centre of Expertise Pavilion

Following the recent award of the Welsh Government and National Assembly for Wales furniture contracts we were asked to exhibit opposite the Welsh Government Pavilion at the centre of the exhibition hall.

The agenda at Procurex Wales 2017

The day began with an opening welcome address from Sue Moffatt, Commercial Director for Welsh Government and Director of the NPS. There were Keynote speakers throughout the day in addition to numerous workshops in several Training Zones on topics such as ‘Collaboration’, ‘Cyber Crime’ and ‘Ethical Sourcing’.

Our stand

Our exhibition stand continued the theme we created for COUP 2017 utilisng the fantastic “On-Point” table from “Offecct”, this innovative product provides the perfect housing for an artificial or real tree to shoot up from the middle. Can you be-leaf it? The product gave us a great platform to sit down with delegates and discuss work (and non-work) related subjects over a spot of lunch. It also gave us the perfect opportunity to run through some of our recently completed projects which can be viewed here.

Our VR Garden #BOFVRGARDEN allowed us to demonstrate our space planning capabilities with the delegates using Google cardboard style VR goggles, which were incredibly well received! At BOF, we pride ourselves on doing things a little bit different; hearing comments such as “your stand should win awards” from key decision makers within the public sector was fantastic.