NEUPC Conference 2019 - A Round Up




We’re pleased to tell you the conference was a great success!

Thank you to those who attended the event on Tuesday 5th March 2019.

The theme for this year’s conference was Learn, Develop and Share, reflecting upon collaborative procurement. The aim of the event was to allow members to learn about the changing procurement working environment. Therefore, developing a greater understanding of more complex topics through thought-provoking topical workshops delivered by industry specialists. Furthermore, there were opportunities for members and suppliers to share experiences from their journeys to work collaboratively.


We had a range of exhibitors on the day with 32 suppliers showcasing their exciting products and services on offer at the best value, from microscopes and furniture to travel packages and IT Solutions. Providing the perfect opportunity for members to speak to both current and new suppliers.



NEUPC would like to thank all our exhibitors for contributing and allowing us to host the conference as a free member event.

Also, a special thanks to our main sponsors of the NEUPC Conference 2019;

AcademiaBOFCDL and StudyLink Tours



We kicked off the productive day with an engaging and enthusiastic keynote speech by…















Paul McGee is an International leading speaker, talking about change, workplace relationships and motivation. With a humorous and inspirational approach, Paul managed to provide members with insights and ideas to increase their effectiveness in their workplace and personal lives.

At the start of the day the session focused on ‘How to survive & Thrive in changing Times’.

Providing practical tips and guidance on developing resilience and well-being in the light of constant change and challenge. After starting the session declaring our ‘love’ in Norwegian for the person seated next to us, we’re glad to say the session started and ended on a high note – with a lot of happy faces leaving the session. Paul McGee almost immediately had an impact on everyone’s life. 



As the theme of the conference was based around sharing ideas and working collaboratively it seemed fitting to talk about building upon working relationships, to ensure we’re getting the most out of the workplace and not stressing over tasks which are on the lower end of the 1-10 scale!


With a break for refreshments and the opportunity to re-connect and network with other professionals, members also had the chance to visit the supplier exhibition spanned throughout Weetwood Hall. Encouraging them to ‘sign off’ their Delegate Passports as they visit each stand, for a chance to enter the competition. Well done to everyone who completed their delegate passport, and congratulations to Karen Manyika from the University of Birmingham who was drawn as the winner.


There were a variety of morning workshops on offer, two of which were sponsored by Stearn and Bloom. Members had a chance to develop their understanding of; social clauses in procurement; engaging with stakeholders to make the best purchasing decisions, exploring the growing risk area of financial fraud in procurement and increasing business efficiencies by communicating the value of travel programmes.



Don’t forget the suppliers!

With members occupied in workshops, Mark Hayter; NEUPC Category Manager delivered a presentation to the exhibitors on consortia collaborations, call off mechanisms and category analysis. To ensure everyone got the most out of their day!


Members we’ve got you covered!

The afternoon workshops delivered by Procurement Specialists

covered a wide range of topics and from the feedback we’ve received it appears the workshops were beneficial. All presentations from the workshops are available to download from the resources section on our website. 



As the end of the day drew near, members started filling up the Headingley Suite at Weetwood Hall for the final Keynote session by Paul McGee.

The final engaging talk was about the ‘Art of Building Working Relationships’ and looking at perspective and understanding this concept to inspire and improve yourself.