Introducing our new event tags

You see an event advertised through our various media streams and the title and caption grabs your attention but how do you know it’s really for you? We’ve probably all been to an event where it wasn’t quite what we expected from the advert; it was either more complex or simple than expected or it was talking about a product when you have no buying power.

With such a large demographic of members of varying backgrounds, expertise and experience, it is impossible to have one event that fits everyone. As Chief Events Officer, I’m keen to ensure that we have a diverse range of events that means across the portfolio, we have something that appeals to most. And to help aide your decision making on whether an event sounds like it might be right for you, we have created event tags. Going forward, our events will be advertised with the most appropriate tags to describe the event. An event can have more than one tag. So what are the tags?

Quite simply, this tag is for events that are taking place in a physical location across the UK geography. It is a live event that will usually involve an element of networking as well as a learning topic.

Virtual events are delivered via a webinar and are often recorded with links sent out to those who registered so that they can listen again.

Topics under the banner of foundational learning are designed for those who are earlier in their bidding and capture career. It contains fundamental insights and techniques to support day to day bidding.

These topics appeal more to the seasoned professional who already has the foundational knowledge but wants to enhance their skills in a particular or niche area. Involves challenging the status quo topics and driving thought leadership

These topics are designed for those who identify as bid do-ers who do not have any hiring or purchasing responsibility. This category is a safe space from hearing about products and services, rather it focuses on practical learnings for day to day bid and capture management.

These events are designed to appeal to those who have buying/ hiring type decision making responsibility. This is a space to share those new products and services available to the bidding market. It is also likely that sponsored events will have an element of this category.

Events under this banner will focus on the UK Government procurement processes, whether that be MOD, Home Office, Central Government or Local Government. Events in this space could include discussing published white papers, policy changes, government social value mandates.

Events in this space will appeal regardless of what sector you are in. Topics are likely to be broader in nature and share learnings that do not apply to a specific sector and so can benefit people from all industries.

This refers to the style of event rather than the content. These events, either virtually or in person will feel more like a traditional lecture style event in which the speaker will deliver their content and then have space for Q&A.

This refers to the style of event rather than the content. These events, either virtually or in person will require audience participation. The event will be run by a facilitator who will guide you through the session. In these sessions, expect to be more involved/ hands on.

This refers to the style of event rather than the content. These events, either virtually or in person will feel more like a traditional lecture style event in which the speaker will deliver their content and then have space for Q&A.This refers to the style of event rather than the content. These events, either virtually or in person will involve a facilitator posing a big topic question for participants to discuss and potentially solutionise. The facilitator will not necessarily have the answers to the topic and there are different outcomes to a discussion board:

  1. The collective form an answer/ solution
  2. There is solace in recognising a shared position with others
  3. Next steps/ further actions are identified to tackle the problem.

By tagging our events, we drive greater transparency in the content, style and delivery of the event to enable you to make a better informed decision as to which event to attend. It also enables us to determine which type of events are most popular and ensuring our portfolio of events is diverse and well-balanced to appeal to as many members as possible.

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