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Council makes tendering less daunting for small businesses

9 Sep 2019
Over £280 billion is invested through public procurement each year in the UK and Ireland – with further tendered private sector opportunities in aerospace, aviation, construction, energy, health, marine, and other supply chains – but many small businesses are struggling to win contracts.

Belfast City Council is setting out to change that, by offering eligible small businesses and social enterprises in the city the opportunity to upskill in tendering and procurement, build their confidence to pitch for, and win new contracts.

This project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth and Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme.

Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Deirdre Hargey explains: “Tendering for contracts can seem pretty daunting – especially the first time you go through the process. Our new tendering support programme provides excellent, practical guidance to help smaller businesses develop their bids and make them a real success.

“Last year, Belfast City Council spent over £93 million with our suppliers. As we’ve outlined in our Belfast Agenda, we’re keen to support local businesses and to ensure that as many of our quality services as possible are provided by Belfast suppliers, while continuing to deliver excellent value for money. I urge local firms to register for support through this new free programme and build their experience and expertise.”

The programme offers a combination of tailored workshops and hands on support on live tenders from bid specialists. It will raise awareness of contract opportunities by sharing sources of information on bid pipelines and live bid events; help companies make the right decisions about which bids to pursue; increase business readiness to tender, improve bid content and ultimately bid outcomes.

Register at, telephone the Economic Development Unit, Belfast City Council on 028 9027 0482 or email
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