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Models for Success - Innovation Partnerships

Models for Success - Innovation Partnerships


Models for Success - Innovation Partnerships

We are delighted to invite you to join us at the fourth seminar in our 2019 Seminar Series.

Innovation has never been more important, given the nature and scale of the challenges that we face; but all too often the development of new solutions - whether in delivery of public services, infrastructure, affordable housing or regeneration - is hampered by adherence to traditional models of procurement.

The Innovation Partnership model was specifically designed to address this issue – providing for the first time a route, specifically laid out in the procurement regulations, that allows a public authority to procure a private sector (or third sector) partner or partners to both design and deliver new solutions.

This is not just about technical R&D; the model can be used for diverse applications – from regeneration schemes using innovative financing routes, through to bundling of new technology with conventional infrastructure works, through to more holistic approaches to tackle homelessness.

We are currently engaged in an exercise, supporting Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise, to develop templates and guidance to facilitate use of the Innovation Partnership model; and these will serve as a resource for public authorities right across Scotland. In parallel with that, we are also providing legal support to the first pilot project.

We believe that Innovation Partnerships offer major potential - for public authorities struggling to deliver ambitious proposals with limited funding and for private sector businesses and third sector organisations who have something to offer by way of creative solutions.

This seminar will outline the key features of the Innovation Partnership model; as well as the wider context in which the model is being promoted. Most importantly, however, it will also seek to stimulate ideas on how this new model could be used to unlock new opportunities, maximise the benefit of new technologies, and allow transformational change to be delivered in a difficult funding environment. 

Topics will include:

  • The Innovation Partnership model – key features
  • Key drivers underlying the Scottish Government project
  • Practicalities – how the model could deliver better solutions


  • Stephen Phillips, Head of Public & Third Sector team, Burness Paull
  • Graeme Palmer, Head of Procurement team, Burness Paull
  • Gary Robinson, Procurement Development Manager, Scottish Government
  • Dee Fraser, Deputy Director, Coalition of Care & Support Providers in Scotland
  • Guest speaker TBC

Who should attend:

  • Public authorities with an interest in new solutions
  • Consultants and other intermediaries with a particular interest in public services, infrastructure or regeneration
  • Private sector businesses with a track record in developing innovative solutions
  • Third sector organisations involved in the delivery of public services

When and where

Tuesday 4 June 2019
Burness Paull's Edinburgh Office, 50 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9WJ
09.00am - Registration and breakfast
09.30am - Seminar
11.15am - Close

Places are limited. Please contact the events team to register your place.