Events

29 April 2014
Prepare for the upcoming EU Procurement Directives. Meet a trained advisor and learn how you can protect yourself from the potential increase in supplier challenges as a result of the new EU Directives. Now is the time to check that your procedures and processes are water tight and in-line with expected legislative requirements. Book your free 20 minute 1:1 consultation today. 
29 April 2014
***Please note this event is now full. The next available date is 11-12 June 2014***  
30 April 2014
This programme is aimed at all who are involved with any aspect of EU procurement legislation who need to be fully aware of the direction of the new EU Directives. On 15 January 2014 the European Parliament voted to adopt three new Directives, which will replace the existing Public Sector and Utilities Directives and introduces a new Directive for works and service concessions. The Achilles half-day EU update course will provide practitioners with the capability and confidence to understand and explore the New Directives’ enabling practitioners’ to procure effectively by understanding the benefits of the new legislation and procure responsibly by appreciating the changes the new legislation will convey.   
30 April 2014
This programme is aimed at both procurement and non procurement professionals involved in awarding and using contracts and frameworks. It examines how much flexibility we have when awarding contracts without following a compliant EU process and the risks posed when managing current contracts.    
30 April 2014
To place you at the forefront of public procurement in this hugely competitive, stressful and ever more complex procurement environment Achilles has enlisted a first class line up of speakers and topics for its Annual Conference.
01 May 2014
More and more public bodies are outsourcing their facilities management to third parties while at the same time broadening the range of services covered by the FM function.This course aims to highlight the issues to be covered including the level of detail needed to ensure a good competitive outcome.
08 May 2014
This workshop will analyse key European Court decisions which impact on how we carry out procurement. It will provide a detailed analysis of the key elements of the cases as well as summarising the findings and identifying how they impact on best practice procurement. It will specifically address one of the hot topics in procurement “material change” and how much scope there is for changing post award.
08 May 2014
Research proves that 70% of challenges raised in UK court cases concerns selection and award criteria. This course challenges your understanding of how you need to manage risk in this very litigious area.  
15 May 2014
New Directives for Public Sector and Utilities are due to be transposed in the next year or so. This course explores the key changes due in what we currently do and how they will impact on what we can do.
20 May 2014
We are pleased to announce that we are once again offering Link-up suppliers the opportunity to meet with a member of the Achilles Supplier Support or Audit team for a free 20 minute 1:1 appointment during the exhibition.  
22 May 2014
Join us for an Achilles FPAL Meet the Members networking event. FPAL host a series of buyer to supplier networking events which allows the oil & gas supply chain to learn about how Operators and Contractors use FPAL to source suppliers for tender requirements.  
22 May 2014
This programme enables delegates to compare their own experiences of working with the law with colleagues in other public bodies and get real answers to the key question – how do we manage our risk appropriately at a time of falling real resources and increased supplier appetite for challenge?  
22 May 2014
This programme is aimed at anyone who awards frameworks or who may award contracts from a framework agreement, examining the risks associated.  
28 May 2014
This programme is aimed at all who are involved with any aspect of EU procurement legislation who need to be fully aware of the direction of the new EU Directives. On 15 January 2014 the European Parliament voted to adopt three new Directives, which will replace the existing Public Sector and Utilities Directives and introduces a new Directive for works and service concessions. The Achilles half-day EU update course will provide practitioners with the capability and confidence to understand and explore the New Directives’ enabling practitioners’ to procure effectively by understanding the benefits of the new legislation and procure responsibly by appreciating the changes the new legislation will convey.   
29 May 2014
With the impending changes to Services and Service Concessions with the new Directive, this course aims to highlight the flexibility currently available for such contracts while summarising the key changes which will happen with the new legislation.
11 June 2014
This programme will provide a detailed analysis of the requirements of the Public Sector and Utility Directives 2004/18/EC and 2004/17/ EC and the corresponding Irish regulations. Participants will be provided with a clear understanding of the national and EU procurement regimes, equipping them with the skills necessary to carry out contract award procedures successfully. Particular emphasis will be placed on selection and award criteria, rules, weightings and evaluations as well as the various procedures available. In addition, the impact of the Remedies legislation and notification requirements will be explained.
17 June 2014
This programme will explain the basic documents to be included in any tender pack. The course will also review the National Procurement Service templates for Goods and Services, and explain their key components and the areas to be completed by contracting authorities. After this course, participants will be in a position to assemble a omprehensive set of documents for the operation of an effective procurement. A comprehensive pack of templates will be provided.
17 June 2014
The programme starts by considering the changes that affect the planning stage pre-procurement, then consider the extensive changes within the procurement process and look at the new legislation covering material changes to contracts once awarded.  
17 June 2014
This is a ½ day course designed to explore procurements that fall outside the regulations, but still require some form of compliance. Currently this includes Part B Services; Below Threshold Contracts and Service Concessions Contracts.  
26 June 2014
This programme is aimed at those new to regulated procurement and those who need a reminder their obligations under the EU legislation.
02 July 2014
This programme is aimed at anyone who has an input into completing an official OJEU notice, focussing on key areas and highlighting areas of risk.  
15 July 2014
This programme is aimed at all who are involved with any aspect of EU procurement legislation who need to be fully aware of the direction of the new EU Directives. On 15 January 2014 the European Parliament voted to adopt three new Directives, which will replace the existing Public Sector and Utilities Directives and introduces a new Directive for works and service concessions. The Achilles half-day EU update course will provide practitioners with the capability and confidence to understand and explore the New Directives’ enabling practitioners’ to procure effectively by understanding the benefits of the new legislation and procure responsibly by appreciating the changes the new legislation will convey.   
17 September 2014
This programme is aimed at those practitioners who are seeking clarity when negotiation is appropriate, the procedures’ available and how to undertake each stage in the negotiation process.    


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