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Publication date: 12 May 2016

Are Buyers Born or Made?

Are people drawn to a career in purchasing because of their skills or their aptitude? Which is the most important trait for a buyer: emotional intelligence or IQ?

Publication date: 31 August 2012

Bangor Law School’s Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies nominated for 2 prestigious Impact Awards

Bangor University Law School’s Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies (ICPS) has once again been shortlisted as a finalist for the prestigious Bangor University Impact and Innovation Awards. In 2014, ICPS was singled out for not one, but two awards:

–    “Best Business Impact” (the ICPS Tender Review Service) and;

–    “Best Impact on Public Policy” (the Barriers to Procurement Opportunity report).

Publication date: 17 July 2014

Bangor Law School’s Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies to help the EU implement the requirements of the Small Business Act following major grant success

Bangor Law School’s Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies (ICPS) has recently been notified of a major grant success under the European Union’s COSME fund – a funding programme designed to raise competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the EU and to help the EU implement the requirements of the Small Business Act (the overarching framework for EU policy on SMEs).

Publication date: 29 January 2017

Bangor University Procurement Unit Wins Outstanding Procurement Team

Publication date: 20 July 2012

Bangor University Undergraduate Internship Scheme

Bangor University Undergraduate Internship Scheme: Welsh National Procurement Week 2013, hosted by The Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies (ICPS)

Publication date: 19 December 2012

Bangor University Undergraduate Internship Scheme

In our first ever newsletter we told you about the 31 students who have now all started their internships in different departments across the University. Designed to fit around students’ studies, the internships give students valuable work experience, allowing them to develop their skills and improve their employability.

Publication date: 24 May 2013

Call For Student Papers: Procurement Week 2013, 18th-22nd March 2013

Publication date: 1 March 2012

Come and join Bangor University’s ICPS team as they attend the Smart City Exhibition World Congress in Barcelona

Bangor University’s Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies is a partner in the PPACT project, a project that is promoting Public Procurement and Cross Border Tendering. PPACT is funded under the European Union. specifically the COSME programme. 


As part of our journey to Barcelona we will be meeting:

  •  Meeting SMEs interested in winning contract opportunities across the European Union. 
  •  Meeting  public procurers who are interested in buying innovative solutions. 
  • Hosting a number of matchmaking activities that link ambitious SMEs to EU contract opportunities.


All of which will take place within the Smart City World Congress in Barcelona, November 2017.

Publication date: 13 November 2017


The PPACT project (Public Procurement and Cross-Border Tendering) is a 5 partner, €335,000 initiative, that will vastly improve SME access to cross-border public procurement markets, and aims to seize upon the opportunities ahead with the new European Public Procurement Directives.

Publication date: 28 June 2017

Council Committed to Improve Procurement

The Isle of Anglesey County Council is working in partnership with Bangor University to improve the way it buys in goods and services.

Publication date: 3 October 2012

Developments in public procurement eProcurement and eInvoicing in Ireland

On 18th October 2012, Professor Dermot Cahill, Dean of Bangor University’s School of Law, and Director of the Winning in Tendering Project, was invited to speak alongside Government Ministers, Directors, and lawyers, at a major national Irish conference ‘Developments in public procurement: eProcurement and eInvoicing in Ireland.’

Publication date: 16 November 2012

Dr. Ama Eyo Ignites International Procurement Conference

Earlier this summer Dr Ama Eyo was part of a Panel of Discussants tasked with exploring the impacts of social considerations in Public Procurement at the “Procurement beyond price: Sustainability and CSR in public purchasing” conference, held on 4th and 5th May 2017 at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen.

Publication date: 31 July 2017

ECPP Conference – Public Sector eProcurement highlights

ICPS mentioned in presentation to the 2nd European e-Public Procurement Conference in Lisbon -

Publication date: 5 June 2014

Ground-breaking Pilot Mentoring Programme

Work has been going on behind the scenes for a few months now to set up a pilot Mentoring Programme for both Public Sector Buyers & Suppliers. The Winning in Tendering Team at both Bangor and Dublin University will be running the pilot mentoring project, in Wales and Ireland, for six months commencing January 2013.

Publication date: 28 January 2013

House of Commons Debate pays tribute to Law School research work

The public procurement research work of Bangor University was paid tribute to several times in a House of Commons debate on SMEs and Public Procurement which took place on June 10 2013.

Publication date: 11 July 2013

House of Commons Select Ctee Report to seek Transparency in Private Contractor Contracts performed on behalf of Central Government

Public Accounts Committee publishes its 47th report into Private contractors and public spending at 00.01am, Friday 14 March 2014.

Publication date: 14 March 2014

ICPS and forLAB Join Forces!

Publication date: 17 March 2016

ICPS article on Common tendering weaknesses features in Procurement Insights

Editor’s Note from Procurement Insights:  In a special guest post from our European Union Edition, Ceri Evans from The Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies at Bangor University provides a thought provoking article on why SMEs fail in the tendering process.

Publication date: 29 July 2014

ICPS collaborates with Nigeria’s Procurement bodies

ICPS collaborates with Nigeria’s Public Procurement Research Centre (PPRC) and the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Nigeria to run pioneer training on Effective Public Procurement in Practice for procurement personnel.
Dr Ama Eyo, Procurement Lecturer and Director of LLM in Public Procurement Law & Strategy, Bangor University, who also works as Procurement Law Specialist with the Bangor Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies (ICPS) was recently invited by Nigeria’s regulatory Procurement Body, the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) to train procurement personnel on “Understanding Effective Public Procurement in Practice.

Publication date: 24 January 2013

ICPS Director Gary Clifford Travels to Boston to represent Bangor University’s Law School at Harvard University

On September 13-14, Gary Clifford traveled to Boston to attend a professional development program called, ‘Creative Thinking: Innovative Solutions to Complex Challenges’ at the world-famous Harvard University. 

Publication date: 13 September 2017

ICPS Launch – A Winning Team Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies Launch: A Winning Team

Publication date: 1 February 2012

ICPS Launches Procurement Week 2013

Publication date: 26 November 2012

ICPS staff attend House of Lords Reception

Publication date: 20 July 2012

ICPS staff invited to the House of Lords

Held at the Palace of Westminster, the reception was organised by the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW) and attended by David Tonkin, UK Chief Executive of Atkins; Brigadier General John Quintas, United States Defense Attaché; Gary Fenton, BSI Global Assurance Director, and Les Pyle, CEO of ICW.

Publication date: 11 July 2013

ICPS staff Pedro Telles has his paper in the top 10 procurement related papers according to the SSRN network

ICPS staff Pedro Telles has his paper in the top 10 procurement related papers according to the SSRN network

Publication date: 24 June 2014

ICPS Team Deliver Cross Border Bidding PPACT workshops to specialists from Spain, Italy, Ireland, and France.

All PPACT project partners namely: ACCIÓ (Spain), CCI Paris IdF(France). UCV EIC (Italy), Bangor University (Wales), and IBDP-ConsultIRE (Ireland), were required to attend a workshop in Bangor University to equip them with the skills and knowledge necessary to offer a holistic public procurement service.

Publication date: 18 October 2017

“ICPS team help transform procurement culture in public sector organisation whilst sustaining local value in the process!"

ICPS have played a pivotal role informing Gwynedd Council staff members about the principles of Category Management, whilst at the same time running focus groups with staff to ensure that the Category Management based approach adopted is fit for purpose and most importantly, can feasibly be implemented!

Publication date: 15 December 2015

ICPS to collaborate with Lagos State Public Procurement Agency, Nigeria

Wednesday, 22nd January 2014 marked another milestone in Bangor University and ICPS’ work to take procurement education beyond the shores of the European Union. This followed a successful meeting between senior management of the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency, Nigeria,  Professor Dermot Cahill, Head of Bangor Law School and Director of ICPS, and Dr Ama Eyo, Lecturer in Law and Director of the LLM In Public Procurement Law & Strategy.

Publication date: 31 January 2014

ICPS travel to British Columbia to share their research with the Government of Canada

Publication date: 12 April 2019

ICPS & WG Introduce The Welsh National Procurement Awards 2013

Publication date: 26 November 2012

“ICPS works with High Potential Start-Ups in Brussels and Cork to help them use Procurement as a growth accelerator”

ICPS has been sharing its public sector tendering know-how with different supplier communities for nearly ten years now, and this time around we have been supporting businesses designated by the EU as being high-potential start-ups (HPSUs).

Publication date: 15 December 2015

Influencing Business Practises and the Economy of Wales

In 2011, the Welsh Government launched its manifesto - 'Programme for Government'. This visionary programme sets out the differences that the government want to make to the lives of people in Wales: healthy people living productive lives in a more prosperous and innovative economy; safer and more cohesive communities, with lower levels of poverty and greater equality; a resilient environment with more sustainable use of our natural resources and a society with a vital sense of its own culture and heritage.

Publication date: 20 September 2012

Institute of Competition and Procurement Studies presents Procurement Week 2015

At the BravoSolution event in Wales last week (BravoCymru), I met Professor Dermot Cahill and Gary Clifford from Bangor University’s Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies (ICPS).

Publication date: 24 October 2014

Launch of Procurement Masters (Enroll now for 2012)

Publication date: 1 January 2012

Launch your Career Today with our New Masters in Procurement, Law, & Strategy.

We are delighted to announce the launch of Bangor University’s new Masters (LLM) in Procurement, Law, and Strategy in Practice, an accredited distance learning program that will enable candidates to develop their legal, procurement, and operational management expertise, whilst propelling their careers.

Publication date: 27 September 2017

Legal Research Officer Tackles Snowdon for Charity

Publication date: 26 November 2012

Low Value Procurement work package Gathers Momentum!

Publication date: 31 August 2012

McClelland Report

Law School Head invited to lead discussion at Institute for Welsh Affairs Conference on improving Welsh Public Procurement, alongside Minister for Finance and Leader of the House, Jane Hutt AM, Welsh Government”, Cardiff, November 5th 2012.

Publication date: 11 December 2012

Millstream founder shares experiences at Procurement Week

Millstream founder shares experiences at Procurement Week - Procurement Week is an annual event staged by Bangor University’s Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies (ICPS) to share knowledge about the latest procurement innovation strategies, law and policies from around the world.

Publication date: 11 April 2014

New EU rules on public procurement: better value for money, growth and sustainability?

On Tuesday 18th of February, at the premises of Science14 Atrium in Brussels, PubAffairs Bruxelles hosted a debate concerning the new EU rules on public procurement recently approved by the European Parliament. The event was chaired by Professor Dermot Cahill, Chairman of the Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies, Bangor University (UK), while the discussants were Ms Heide Rühle MEP (Greens/DE) and Mr Joaquim Nunes de Almeida, Director for Public Procurement in the European Commission (DG Internal Market and Services).

Publication date: 26 March 2014

NOW AVAILABLE: Procurement Week 2017 Presentation Videos

Procurement Week continues to grow in popularity, with in excess of 2000 attendees from over 45 countries have visited the programme. Take a look at our Youtube channel ( for videos by 100+ procurement, business, legal and trade experts.

Publication date: 19 September 2017

Procurement event a resounding success

An event aimed at exploring how councils can improve their procurement practices has received positive feedback from local businesses, local government and academics.

Publication date: 29 October 2012

Procurement Insights EU Edition

Surprise, surprise: The UK has the most expensive public procurement system in Europe by Dr. Pedro Telles published in ProcurementInsights.

Publication date: 20 August 2013

Procurement Ombudsman of Canada among Speakers from 16 countries attending massive Law School Procurement conference

March 18-22, Bangor Law School is hosting over 250 businesses and public bodies when a galaxy of international procurement experts assemble at Bangor Law School's Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies.

Publication date: 15 March 2013

Procurement Summer School Success

he Institute for Competition for Procurement Studies at Bangor University hosted its first Procurement Summer School last week.The event was very successful with 17 participants from the Welsh Government, various Welsh Local Councils and the City of Glasgow College.

Publication date: 21 August 2014

Procurement Week 2013: Helps Take Welsh Business Global

Procurement Week 2013: Helps Take Welsh Business Global

Bangor University’s Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies' popular Procurement Week, and inaugural Welsh National Procurement Awards, took place between Monday 18th and Friday 22nd March 2013.

Publication date: 29 April 2013

Professor Dermot Cahill speaks to BBC about Wales' Procurement record and future.

Publication date: 2 August 2012

Project which assists small companies shortlisted for UK Award

A project which has improved local small companies and contractors’ success in bidding for local authority tenders in Wales has been shortlisted for the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply "Best Procurement Project of the Year" Award at the upcoming Annual UK Procurement Awards.

Publication date: 11 July 2013

Public Sector Procurement: Opening up the Market

Publication date: 3 April 2012

Second Edition of the "Winning in Tendering" Newsletter

We are delighted to announce the second edition of the "Winning  in Tendering" newsletter.
The 6-monthly newsletter is our way of keeping you up-to-date with the latest insights, news and training opportunities from the "Winning in Tendering" project!

Publication date: 28 September 2012

Senior politicians creates lively and intense debate!

The “Winning in Tendering” team held a briefing session in July with a high powered group of Welsh politicians to disseminate knowledge generated from the project at the strategic level. The Chairman of the session, Lord Dafydd Wigley, Honorary President of Plaid Cymru, had to call a halt to the proceedings at 9pm on the evening of the session such was the level of interest in the project and the intensity of debate!

Publication date: 31 August 2012

Suppliers take-on the role of Public Procurers

Procurement Week 2013, the annual world class procurement and tendering training event, hosted by the “Winning in Tendering” (WIT) project at ICPS, held a unique and innovative Tender Review Service workshop as part of its week-long training offerings, to enable suppliers to gain a deep practical understanding of the art of public sector tendering.

Publication date: 3 May 2013

Support for Third Sector organisations in tendering

Winning in Tendering demonstrates its commitment to supporting Third Sector organisations in Tendering.
On the 9th October, Winning in Tendering and ICPS staff Ceri Evans and Dr Ama Eyo delivered a workshop at the Wales Council for Voluntary Action’s Wales Third Sector Funding Conference at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.

Publication date: 11 October 2012

Tender Review Service Beneficiary, Dynamix, wins a Welsh National Procurement Award

Dynamix, a leading Welsh Social Enterprise, from Swansea, in South Wales, have won the Welsh National Procurement Award 2013 for “Most Improved Supplier”. This Award recognises and celebrates the improvements Welsh suppliers have made to their tendering activities and success rates.

Publication date: 3 May 2013

Tender Review Service endorsed as a Mechanism to help stem the flow of public sector procurement spend outside of Wales

The “Winning in Tendering” Tender Review Service was recently mentioned in a Daily Post article in a response by local authorities as to measures they are using to stem the flow of public sector spend out of the region.

Publication date: 5 December 2012

Tender Review Service European Union Tendering Passport launched today

Publication date: 30 August 2012

TESLA Project Training Event Provides a Lucrative Growth Platform for High Potential Start-up Companies

On the 18th and 19th of March 2014, a bespoke and one-off 2-day TESLA project training programme was held for UK based High Potential Start-up companies (HPSUs) interested in fast tracking their success by taking advantage of public procurement opportunities.

Publication date: 22 May 2014

The ICPS Team Go Stateside!

In August (2012), three members of staff from the Winning in Tendering (WiT) project and the Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies (ICPS) – Dr Pedro Telles, Dr Ama Eyo, and Ceri Evans travelled to Seattle, USA, to deliver papers at the 5th International Public Procurement Conference (IPPC). The papers were selected for presentation by a select panel of specialist reviewers, tasked with reviewing over three hundred abstract submissions.  

Publication date: 20 November 2012

The report of the Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery

In April 2013 the First Minister for Wales established the Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery.
They were tasked with examining all aspects of governance and delivery in the devolved public sector in Wales.

Publication date: 28 August 2014

The Tender Review Service: helping suppliers ‘leapfrog’ forward in tendering!

Publication date: 28 July 2012

The TRS "European Union Tendering Passport" (EUTP)

Publication date: 2 August 2012

Trainee Procurement Officer Job with Cyngor Sir Ynys Mon/Isle Of Anglesey County Council

Isle of Anglesey County Council have a vacancy for a Trainee Procurement Officer

Closing Date: 12 Noon, Friday 26 September 2014

Publication date: 10 September 2014

UK- China Centre for Public Procurement Law Research Launched in Beijing

On July 1, 2014 Bangor and CUPL, China's largest Law university, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to launch a new joint research procurement law research centre, The Centre for Public Procurement Law Studies. The Centre will engage in joint research into a field of major significance not just for UK-China relations, but also for the global economy, as China's public procurement market contemplates to what degree should they open up to foreign competition in the years to come.

Publication date: 9 July 2014

Value Wales win prestigious Civil Service award

The Value Wales policy team have won the Procurement Award at this year’s Civil Service Awards, beating off stiff competition from nominations from across the UK Civil Service.

Publication date: 7 January 2013

Wales - buying its way to a strong economy

Wales - buying its way to a strong economy

The recent announcement of a Wales Procurement Policy Statement by the Welsh Government in the run-up to the convening of the internationally prestigious Annual Procurement Week is sure to cause feathers to be ruffled among the public sector in Wales.

Publication date: 8 February 2013

Welsh Government Economic Appraisal – Nears Conclusion

Publication date: 1 January 2012

What Brexit might mean for America? US Seminar Series by Professor Dermot Cahill

The UK's decision to leave the European Union heralds major challenges for the United States' political and commercial ambitions. US Corporations based in the UK may no longer be able to benefit from the advantages of free trade and freedoms of movement of people offered by the EU Single Market. 

Publication date: 8 September 2017

Why Wales was right to say yes to the UK's Brexit Bill

Both Wales and Scotland have acknowledged the need to prepare UK laws for EU withdrawal, yet they have taken very different stances on how this can be achieved. While the Welsh Assembly has agreed to the UK government’s proposed Brexit Bill, the Scottish parliament has said no.

This article by Stephen Clear, Lecturer in Law, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 18 May 2018

“Winning in Tendering” Feature at Major Networking Event

On the 11th of December, “Winning in Tendering” featured at a major networking event and awareness session to encourage Welsh organisations to bid for public sector contracts and to promote inter-trading relationships between companies.

Publication date: 14 December 2012

Winning In Tendering Launch

Publication date: 1 September 2011

"Winning in Tendering" Newsletter - Issue 3

It is with great pleasure that I attach the 3rd edition of the "Winning in Tendering" project newsletter, packed with knowledge updates, news and innovations from the world of “Winning in Tendering”.

Publication date: 17 July 2013

Winning in Tendering Project Manager Interviewed on BBC Radio Wales’ Wales At Work

Publication date: 26 November 2012

Winning in Tendering take a lead at a Welsh Assembly Government Conference

On the 19th September 2012 ICPS and Winning in Tendering staff were invited to present papers at the Welsh Assembly Government’s second annual Welsh Public Sector: Open for Business conference. The event took place at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, and was attended by over 160 suppliers and public bodies. The day included an opening address from Jane Hutt AM, Minister for Finance and Leader of the House, as well as various presentations from public procurement specialists form the worlds of business, academia, law, government and the NHS.

Publication date: 28 September 2012