Pub­lic sec­tor con­tracts made easy at sem­i­nar

Bray People - - NEWS -

THE Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice Wick­low had the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the first in Ire­land to hold a sem­i­nar to help lo­cal busi­nesses more eas­ily ac­cess con­tracts with pub­lic sec­tor bod­ies.

Or­gan­ised by the LEO Wick­low, in con­junc­tion with Wick­low County Coun­cil, in­tertradeire­land and the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Strate­gic Pro­cure­ment Cen­tre, the sem­i­nar drew a crowd of over 100 small business own­ers to the Parkview Ho­tel, New­town­moun­tkennedy, re­cently.

The Min­is­ter of State with spe­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity for pub­lic pro­cure­ment, and a Wick­low lo­cal, Si­mon Har­ris TD ac­tively sup­ports ini­tia­tives such as th­ese to get SMEs in­volved in pub­lic sec­tor ten­der­ing.

The sem­i­nar, which was free of charge to at­tend, was specif­i­cally de­signed for small and mi­cro busi­nesses, from one-per­son op­er­a­tions to those with dozens of em­ploy­ees. The guest speak­ers pro­vided clear in­tro­duc­tory in­for­ma­tion on how to reg­is­ter to be in­formed of ten­der op­por­tu­ni­ties that arise in the pub­lic sec­tor. Terms such as PINs (prior in­for­ma­tion no­tices), RFTs (re­quests for ten­ders) and Frame­works were ex­plained, and ten­der pub­li­ca­tion web­site ad­dresses were given to at­ten­dees.

Fiona Flynn, Wick­low County Coun­cil, an­nounced the new on­line reg­is­tra­tion fa­cil­ity for sup­pli­ers in­ter­ested in pro­vid­ing goods or ser­vices to the Lo­cal Au­thor­ity. in­tertradeire­land pro­vided in­for­ma­tion on a brand new pi­lot train­ing pro­gramme to follow on from the sem­i­nar, which will be run in con­junc­tion with the Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice and will be called Go2Ten­derLite.

Ca­tri­ona Brady and Cather­ine Murphy at the free sem­i­nar ‘Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment for SMEs’ sem­i­nar or­gan­ised by Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice Wick­low in the Parkview Ho­tel.

Margo Flem­ing from Book Splits and Mar­garet Hoc­tor of Kil­mullen Farm at the sem­i­nar in the Parkview Ho­tel.

Pauline Rowan and Louise Flem­ing from Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice at the sem­i­nar on ‘Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment for SMEs’ sem­i­nar or­gan­ised by Wick­low Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice in the Parkview Ho­tel.

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