Pitch and Procure
  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, University of Plymouth PL4 8AA

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Following the tremendous success of our first Pitch and Procure event in April, Enterprise Solutions and Devon & Plymouth Chamber are pleased to announce the next date in this series.

Promoting and facilitating local procurement is key strategic priority of the Chamber. We know that many local large organisations, such as Babcock, local authorities and the NHS are working actively to increase their spend locally. However, a combination of businesses being put off by the procurement process and major procurers being unaware of some of the products and services that local businesses can provide is preventing building resilient local supply chains.

This unique event will bring enterprising local businesses together with several major procuring organisations giving businesses a chance to showcase their products and services to these prime procurers. It will open up opportunities to engage directly with them, encourage them into dialogue or advise on how to enter the tendering and procurement process.

The format will be short, sharp and interactive.

A panel of six major procurers will be in the front row of an audience that hears a series of short sharp pitches from several businesses in quick succession, followed by a brief Q&A.

Our panel will again include the very senior procurement leaders from the following organisations:

  • Babcock Marine
  • Plymouth City Council
  • University of Plymouth
  • Pennon Group (South West Water)
  • University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.

Up to 15 pitches will be presented at the event, all a maximum of three minutes long with one slide only.

Following the Q&A the procurers can choose which businesses, if any, they wish to further conversations with. That may be as simple as being sent details of how to register for tender information and enter the procurement process, or an invitation to a further exploratory meeting.

The Chamber can broker these communications and introduce successful pitchers to additional support in preparing their tenders.

Applications to pitch are already coming in so get in touch soon to secure your place.

  • Do you have an innovative product or service that you want to pitch to our panel?
  • Do you want the chance to open the doors for business with these large organisations?

If so contact helen.hart@devonchamber.co.uk for an application.

At the conclusion of the presentations there will be the opportunity to continue networking or follow up on conversations with our procurers.

You're welcome to join us even if you're not interested in pitching yourself. The event will offer some excellent networking opportunities and who knows, you may also hear about something that will be of benefit to your own business.

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