Breaking Procurement Barriers for SMEs – Virtual Conference


This two-hour virtual conference will offer insights on overcoming procurement barriers for buyers and SME suppliers, with interactive discussions featuring industry leaders from Transport for London, Landsec, Cadent, and an SME Supplier.

Zoom - Online

Date & time

Wednesday, 17 July 2024, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Cadent GasTransport for LondonLandsec
What is this conference about? 

Procurement holds significant potential for positive impact and driving change. This conference will provide a broader and deeper understanding of the barriers both buyers and suppliers (SMEs) face during the procurement process, and how clients and main contractors are overcoming these barriers through fair, inclusive, and respectful approaches and behaviours.

As part of this virtual conference, we will give audience members the opportunity to submit questions in advance for panellists to discuss and respond to directly during Buyer’s Question Time. 

This is a live online session. We will contact you with joining instructions at least 24 hours before your session starts. 


What will I achieve? 

By attending this virtual conference, you will:  

  • Develop a good understanding of the procurement barriers facing both buyers and suppliers (SMEs).

  • Find out how clients and main contractors are trying to overcome these barriers through initiatives being run through the School, best practice case studies and lessons learnt 

  • Have your questions answered by our panel of experts during Buyer's Question Time 


Who will I hear from? 

Speakers include: 

  • Sarah Chatfield – Consultant, Action Sustainability 

  • Saritha Visvalingam - Responsible Procurement Manager, Transport for London

  • Benedict Tyers MCIPS - Head of Category for IT, Marketing, and Professional Services, Landsec  

  • Ben Adams - Head of Operational Procurement, Cadent Gas

  • Damian Lynes - Sales Director, Onsite Support Ltd

Who is this conference suited for? 

This conference is suitable for buyers looking to diversify their supply chain and SMEs looking to access more opportunities and attract more clients. 

What are the technical requirements?  

You will need:  

  • An internet connection 

  • A computer with a microphone and camera is best (e.g a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook) 

  • Earphones/headphones/speakers (preferable) 

  • A tablet/iPad/smartphone/iPhone to load facilitation tools 

Can I invite a colleague? 

Yes, you can invite as many colleagues as you’d like. Simply follow the instructions when you click through to register under ‘Add or cancel additional attendees’.  

Contact details:

If you have any questions about this session, please contact

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This training session is part of the Fairness, Inclusion & Respect Programme; an industry-wide initiative that aims to make the built environment more inclusive and respectful for all. To find relevant training, e-learning modules and learning tools, please visit the FIR Toolkit.


Procurement for Professionals
120 mins

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