Department for Transport Meet The Buyer

DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT: VCSE Meet The Buyer Event, Birmingham

The Department for Transport (DfT) Group and other key stakeholders hosted an in-person Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Meet the Buyer Event in Birmingham on Tuesday 16th November 2023, 10am to 2pm, central Birmingham.

The event took place on Social Enterprise Day and formed an integral part of Social Economy Drive 2023, a celebration of all things social enterprise and social economy growth across the West Midlands. Commissioners involved in the event purchase a broad range of products and services; from catering to cleaning services, coaching to mental health support, signage to training etc. 

Procurement insights from leaders in commissioning, procurement and the VCSE sector engagement kicked off a vibrant day of networking and creating contract conversations, real-time and ‘in the room’:

  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Andy Street, Mayor for the West Midlands.
  • Speaker: Claire Dove CBE, VCSE Crown Representative.
  • Speaker: Paul Rodgers, Department for Transport Group Commercial Director and Government Commercial Function Leadership Group SME sponsor.
  • Networking with the Department for Transport, HS2 Ltd, Network Rail, National Highways and many more to enhance the transparency of pipeline information and innovation opportunities.
  • Key suppliers sharing best practice on how to become a sub-contractor in the supply chain.
  • Networking with Crown Commercial Service providing details on the SME friendly frameworks available and how to enroll.


Find out more about Social Economy Drive 2023 | Read the BSSEC CIC Social Economy Drive blog

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