The Department for Transport (DfT) Group and other key stakeholders are hosting an in-person small and medium enterprise (SME) supplier event at Leonardo Royal Hotel Southampton Grand Harbour (West Quay Road, Southampton, England, SO15 1AG) on Tuesday 12 March 2024 to provide SMEs the opportunity to network with senior representatives from across the DfT. This is the seventh of several regional events to be held throughout the UK over this and the next financial year.

The event will include:

  • Keynote from Paul Rodgers, DfT Group Commercial Director and Government Commercial Function Leadership Group SME sponsor
  • Update from Martin Traynor, Small Business Crown Representative
  • Networking with the DfT, HS2 Ltd, Network Rail, National Highways, Transport for London, and many more to enhance the transparency of pipeline information and innovation opportunities
  • Key suppliers sharing best practice on how to become a sub-contractor in the supply chain
  • Networking with Crown Commercial Service, which will provide details on the SME-friendly frameworks available and how to enrol
  • Public Procurement Review Service (PPRS) video, which provides information on the role of PPRS and the escalation process. PPRS allows suppliers to anonymously raise any concerns they have about public sector buying and prompt payment.

To register your interest in attending, please click this link.

If you have any queries, please contact