Working with us: becoming a supplier to the University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham spends approximately £168m per annum on procurement activity across goods and services. It’s a massive market for any business, but there’s still a misconception that only big brands can compete for this work.

In recent years there’s been a drive for public sector organisations to award contracts of all sizes to smaller firms. That is why we are taking a moment for self-reflection and are asking with so much work on the line, why do small businesses sometimes still feel like they can’t compete?

This November, we will be hosting two events, designed to enable the local business community to find out more about becoming a supplier to the University of Nottingham. Featuring Julia Fancourt, Director of Procurement Transformation at the University and her colleague Sam Welch, Procurement Transformation Manager, we’ll be covering all aspects of the process, including the opportunities, the process and key contacts.

We also want to hear your thoughts about what we could do to make the process easier for you – whether you are already a supplier to the University, or would like to become one in the future.

Please note, both of these events will be identical in content, so you need only register for one. We will be hosting one evening session on Tuesday 19th November and one breakfast session on Thursday 21st November, in the hope that this will allow the greatest number of people to attend at a time that fits in around their business priorities.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity for great networking, a free breakfast and an insight into how how your business could work with the University of Nottingham.

The Speakers

Julia Fancourt
Director of Procurement Transformation, University of Nottingham

Julia Fancourt has held a number of procurement positions over the past 35 years in organisations including the NHS, Boots, Rolls Royce, the MoD and Carillion, to name a few.  She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and has sat on a number of boards helping to deliver an efficient and lean procurement and supply chain function that provides open, transparent and fair opportunities for all suppliers.



Sam Welch
Procurement Transformation Manager, University of Nottingham

Sam has held a number of procurement positions over the past 10 years across private and public sector organisations including CAPITA, SERCO, Marston Holdings, Sport England, Southampton City Council, Swindon Borough Council and South Warwickshire Foundation Trust.  He is an experienced procurement professional who has a consistent track record of transformation and delivery through a collaborative and engaging approach.

Both Sam and Julia are focused on transforming the University of Nottingham’s procurement operation, ensuring they are lean whilst being fully compliant with EU legislation and supporting more local suppliers to work closely with the university.

The agenda

Tuesday 19th November 2019

17:00 – 17:30       Registration, refreshments and networking
17:30 – 18:00       Presentations from Julia Fancourt and Sam Welch
18:00 – 18:30       Discussion time and Q&A
18:30 – 19.00       Event close, extended networking for those who wish to stay on


Thursday 21st November 2019

08:00 – 08:30       Registration, breakfast and networking
08:30 – 09:00       Presentations from Julia Fancourt and Sam Welch
09:00 – 09:30       Discussion time and Q&A
09:30 – 10.00       Event close, extended networking for those who wish to stay on

The venue

The Crowne Plaza, Wollaton St, Nottingham NG1 5RH. View on Google Maps.

State Aid

This event is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 and is part of the Productivity Through Innovation programme. This event is classed as State Aid to participating businesses, the value of which is £100, but is delivered completely free of charge to participants.

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