BMG LIVE: The future of the Government Commercial Function

During Procurement & Supply Chain LIVE: Risk & Resilience Conference, UK Government’s Gareth Rhys Williams discussed the future for its commercial function

April 2022, Procurement Magazine, Supply Chain Digital and Bizclik Media Group returned to the Tobacco Dock (London) to host our second Procurement & Supply Chain LIVE. 

Dubbed ‘The Risk & Resilience Conference’ the two-day hybrid event was held on the 27th and 28th of April, featuring keynotes, roundtables, Q&As, and 1-2-1s from inspirational and knowledgeable leaders in the procurement and supply chain space.

The future of the Government Commercial Function

Taking to the Main Stage on Day 2 of Procurement & Supply Chain LIVE: Risk & Resilience Conference,  Gareth Rhys Williams, Government Chief Commercial Officer, Cabinet Office discussed delivered his keynote speech on the Government’s Commercial Function. 

Describing the function as a network, Williams walked the audience through the government’s move from focusing on best commercial contracts and best vendor management to best contract management. 

“We have put together a variety of implementations to incorporate the right people and the right structure to drive this success,” says Williams.

He adds: “It's in no-ones interest to see vendors going to the wall because their methods no longer work, we need to start having ‘grown-up’ conversations about these topics.” 

Williams also explains the Government’s ambitious goal to be the best commercial function in the UK by 2025. The Government aims to achieve this by harnessing technology, as well as strengthening and building partnerships; and developing its supply chains. 

So far, the commercial function has removed £3.7bn in waste spend by adopting this approach and has set strong ambitions to continue to reduce waste each year by the same percentage. 

Did you see Gareth Rhys Williams’ keynote when attending Procurement & Supply Chain LIVE 2022? Watch on-demand Williams’ keynote on ‘The future of the Government Commercial Function’:

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This October, Supply Chain Digital and Procurement Magazine return to London for an all-new event - PROCUREMENT & SUPPLY CHAIN LIVE LONDON 2022.

Click here, to find out how you can attend PROCUREMENT & SUPPLY CHAIN LIVE LONDON 2022.

Held at the QEII Centre between the 12th and 13th of October 2022, BMG’s all-new hybrid event incorporates two zones - SupplyChain LIVE and Procurement LIVE - to create a single EXPO style event. 

PROCUREMENT & SUPPLY CHAIN LIVE LONDON 2022 will give those attending the chance to showcase their values, products and services to partners and customers.

To find out more about PROCUREMENT & SUPPLY CHAIN LIVE LONDON 2022, click here


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