16 Jan 2015




5 Reasons why you should attend the CIF Projects Pipeline Conference on 23 January in Cork

By Ruth Baily

On Friday the 23rd January the CIF will hold a pipeline and procurement conference at the Rochestown Park Hotel Cork.  Several public bodies will be in attendance to outline the projects they have in the pipeline for 2015 and 2016.  The conference will also discuss procurement and e-tendering for the construction industry.  The following are five reasons why those involved in construction in the region should attend.

1.      What work is in the pipeline? This will help you plan for the rest of 2015 and into 2016.  Key decision makers from the HSE, The Department of Education and Skills and Irish Water will all address the conference. The speakers at the conference will outline the upcoming projects under their remit and explain how you can successfully bid for this work.  We are coming out of one of the worst economic crisis Ireland has experienced.  Capital and infrastructure spending in key Government departments and public bodies is now beginning again.  This is an opportunity for you to hear about some of the upcoming projects and the tendering processes involved.    

2.      There have been changes to the way public procurement is now carried out in Ireland.  The conference will be addressed by Mr Paul Quinn, Chief Procurement Officer, Office of Government Procurement.  Mr Quinn’s department is the biggest purchaser in the State.  He will outline how SMEs within the construction industry can go about winning government contracts and tenders.   There has been a perception that these contracts only go to large companies, however during this conference you will learn how SMEs can successfully secure contracts.

3.      Learn about regulation.  The rules may have changed but that does not mean that your organisation is excluded from the process. At the conference you will discover how your company can win contracts and tenders under the new regulations.  How best to plan and pitch tenders to ensure you are getting the right projects for your organisation.

4.      Hear about the resources available to you to assist in the procurement and tendering process.  You do not have to do this on your own.  There are tools and resources available that can assist you secure contracts and tenders.  You will learn about these resources at the conference.

5.      Networking.  Never underestimate the power of networking.  Meet companies from the region facing the same difficulties as you along with those who have already over come these challenges.  You will have the opportunity to make new contacts along with developing future business relationships.   This may lead to new opportunities into the future.

The conference will start at 8.45am and run until 1pm.  Tickets for the conference are €25 for CIF members and €40 for non members. 

Tickets are available from Brid Cody at [email protected] or 021 4351410

For the conference schedule and further information click here>>>

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