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STAR have prepared presentations and arranged guest presentations to run throughout the day of the event. See below the host of the presentations and description of what will be included.

These presentations are free to attend, and no booking is required. You are welcome to attend as many as you would like. They will be held in a room just off of the main hall of the event and seating is provided.

Presentations hosted by STAR will also be available online after the event has been held.

Time TitleHosted byDescription
10:30 - 10:50 Procurement; Back to Basics   Claire Chitty & Peter Walpole, STAR             This presentation will provide an introduction to STAR and its clients, the services we provide and how we procure on their behalf. We will also be looking at our available routes to market, Risk Based Sourcing & supporting our local supply chains.                                                                           
10:55 - 11:15 E-Tendering (The Chest) Ed Farnworth & Liam Gilmore, STAR Introduction to The Chest, how to register, access opportunities, apply to tender and opportunity to ask any questions you have about the portal.
11:20 - 11:40 Introduction to Social Value Nadir Sultan, Growth Company - Business Growth Hub
& Paul Atherton, STAR
This session will be delivered to you by STAR Procurement and The Growth Company to give you an understanding of what social value is, best practice in Greater Manchester and tips on how to get match-fit in responding to the social value element of tenders.
11:45 - 12:05 The Black United Representation Network (BURN) Mike Crawford & Soifur Rahman, BURN An introduction to BURN - Why we exist
12:10 - 12:30 Public Sector Tendering Mike Tyler, North West Construction Hub How to navigate the motorways, avenues, crescents and cul-de-sacs of tender opportunities.
12:35 - 12:55 Get Paid Faster: Becoming a Priority Account Libby Daniels, Director of Service Delivery, Oxygen How suppliers to Local Authorities can get paid faster. The Priority Account Service is a voluntary scheme open to all providers to STAR Local Authorities, ensuring your payments are made in 10 days or less. Hear more about how it works, how it can benefit you & your organisation, and how you can join today.
13:00 - 13:20 Real Living Wage: It's more important than ever Sophie Little & Ben Holland, Living Wage Foundation Chris Smallwood, Anchor Removals To learn more about becoming an accredited Living Wage Employer and why it’s more important than ever to pay a real Living Wage based on the cost of living. You will hear from the Living Wage Foundation on the history of the campaign and how to become accredited. And you will hear from Living Wage Champion, Chris Smallwood, on why paying the real Living Wage in business is the golden ticket.
13:25 - 13:45 Social Value - 6 GM Priorities (12 Steps) Lynda Brookes, Michael Crook, & Jamie Cooper, STAR An overview of STAR Procurement’s commitment to Social Value, with a focus around the 6 Greater Manchester Priorities.
13:50 - 14:10 Presentation by GM Good Employment Charter GM Good Employment Charter An overview of The Charter, its impact to date and the benefits to businesses of becoming involved.
14:15 - 14:35 Introduction to Bloom Bloom A presentation on how Bloom can support your organisation in procuring professional services through our compliant route to market.
14:40 - 15:00 Working with Social Value Portal Ashley Morgan, Social Value Portal Learn more about who Social Value Portal, and how they can support you on your Social Value Journey.
15:05 - 15:25 The Challenge of Climate Change in Rochdale: How can public procurement support our ambition? Mark Bramah, Rochdale Sustainability Lead An overview of our climate change priorities, case studies of some of our low carbon projects, the role of procurement and social value in achieving our objectives


  • STAR Procurement
  • BURN
  • Bloom
  • Constellia
  • CCS
  • Galliford Try
  • Growth Company Business
  • Growth Hub
  • GM Chamber of Commerce
  • GM Good Employment Charter
  • North West Construction Hub
  • Oxygen
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • Rochdale Devlopment Agency
  • Rochdale Sustainability Lead
  • Social Value Portal
  • Stockport College
  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  • YPO

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