AM Bid is exhibiting at 2 key Scottish housing sector events this week; the SFHA Development and Procurement Conferences in Glasgow. Here, we look ahead to what delegates can expect from these two important events.

What is the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA)?
The SFHA is the membership body for Housing Associations and co-operatives in Scotland. The organisation works with the Scottish government, legal experts and other key stakeholders to achieve the legislation and funding necessary for their members.

What can we expect at the SFHA Development Conference?

The Annual SFHA Development Conference – Delivering Quality Homes & Getting Fit For the Future – Meeting Housing Need Today and Tomorrow will feature keynote speeches, workshops and panel sessions from a range of experts and specialists in housing and development. Over the course of the day, the conference will examine the successes of Scotland’s Housing Associations and how to build on these to ensure the sector continues meeting the country’s housing needs, both today and in the future.

Highlights from the conference programme include the conference Keynote Session: Delivering for Today, Planning for the Future with Sarah Boyack from SFHA and Mark Turley from Scottish Government, who will update delegates on the crucial task of delivering social housing, and outline Scotland’s progress towards the 50,000 new homes target. The session is also expected to explore the wider societal benefits of quality affordable housing and consider how future housing provision will take different forms, to meet the changing needs of future populations.

An expert panel session, Beyond 2021 – What’s after the 50,000 Homes? will address the future of housing after the 50,000 homes programme. Tony Cain (ALACHO), Sarah Boyack (SFHA) and Ken Gibb (CACHE) will look at what the housing system should look like in 2040 following the recent government consultation. The panel will also consider new forms and tenures of housing, the role of land reform and proposed changes to the planning system.

The SFHA Development Conference takes place Tuesday 12th February from 9:00 – 17:00 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central.

What can we expect at the SFHA Procurement Conference?

The SFHA Procurement Conference – Working to reform and improve public sector procurement will feature talks and expert panel sessions covering the key issues and best practice procurement across the Scottish Housing sector. Over the course of the day, experts will examine the key developments to public sector procurement and what this means for Housing Associations. Speakers will explore the major challenges and opportunities facing Housing Associations and outline the support available from the SFHA, its partners and Scottish Government.

The conference includes a Review of Procurement in Public Construction with Jonathan Moore from Scottish Government, outlining the principles underpinning the developments in the Construction Manual, published in late 2018.

Colin Taylor from Scotland Excel will lead a session on Procurement Capability Assessments – what next? which will review Scotland Excel’s findings from over 40 assessments on housing associations, highlighting the key strengths and weaknesses in the sector, before discussing the next steps required.

The SFHA Development Conference takes place Wednesday 13th February from 9:00 – 16:15 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central.

About AM Bid

AM Bid is Scotland’s largest bidding and tender specialist. Our directors are qualified housing professionals who moved into bidding. We work with contractors across Scotland, the wider UK & Ireland, to develop winning bids for contracts in a broad range of sectors, including Construction, Architecture, Repairs & Maintenance, Energy Efficiency, Mechanical & Electrical, Legal Services, Communications, IT and Finance. With experienced bid staff based across the UK, we consistently deliver bid win rates of 80%+ for our clients.

Make sure to visit us at stand 11 to speak to one of our experienced bidding professionals about bidding into the housing sector in 2019, and to hear our take on the conference discussions from a bidding and tendering perspective.