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CA Ulster Society – InterTradeIreland Event

The Chartered Accountants Ulster Society is running a joint event with InterTradeIreland on 13th November which should be of interest to businesses working in the public sector.

‘Recapturing the lost GDP – ‘Targeting the £1.6bn of public procurement contracts going to overseas firms’

VENUE: Bernish Suite, Carrickdale Hotel & Spa 

DATE: 13 November 2013

TIME: 9.30am to 2.00pm.  Registration/Tea & Coffee at 9.30am for 9.45am start. Buffet lunch at 1pm.

COST: £25 inclusive of VAT

CPD: This event qualifies for 2 hours of CPD.  CPD training tickets will be accepted.


Welcome – Keith Scott, Chair of Public Sector Group, Chartered Accountants Ireland Ulster Society.

Session 1

The All-Ireland perspective to procurement – Margaret Hearty, Director of Programmes and Business Services, InterTradeIreland.

Public procurement policy in Northern Ireland – Des Armstrong, Central Procurement Directorate.

Public procurement policy in the Republic of Ireland – Vincent Campbell*, Director of National Procurement Service.

Tea / coffee

Session 2

The legal issues for buyers and bidders – Patrick Brown, Partner, Tughans solicitors.

A buyer’s perspective – Jane Mellor, Head of Operational Procurement, Northern Ireland Water.

Panel discussion.

Closing remarks – Margaret Hearty, Director of Programmes and Business Services, InterTradeIreland.

Buffet lunch

*or another Director.


The public procurement market in Northern Ireland is worth over £2.5bn and rises to £200bn a year on a UK wide basis.

The market for public procurement on the island of Ireland is some £16bn with an estimated £1.6bn going to overseas firms – this is ‘lost GDP’.

The rewards for capturing some of this lost GDP are lucrative and could help hundreds of companies to weather the current downturn.

This event will explore the developments in public procurement from a number of perspectives – policy maker, legal advisor and buyer.  A better understanding of these perspectives may assist in identifying opportunities to recapture the lost GDP.


This is a Chartered Accountants in Public Sector initiative in partnership with InterTradeIreland. 

All Ulster Society members are welcome to attend.  We also encourage you to bring along work colleagues/guests.  To book your place please download, complete and return the booking form available here http://ulster.charteredaccountants.ie/en/Events/Public-Sector-Event—Recapturing-the-lost-GDP-13th-November-2013/