Public sector contracts made easy at seminar
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.