‘Bud­dies’ win award for busi­ness con­tract help

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

CHESHIRE East Coun­cil has scooped an award for its in­no­va­tive work to help boost lo­cal busi­nesses.

The Fed­er­a­tion of Small Busi­nesses pre­sented coun­cil leader Michael Jones with a ‘Busi­ness Buddy Award’ in recog­ni­tion of its free work­shops to help busi­nesses learn how to win im­por­tant public sec­tor con­tracts.

The train­ing events show them how to ‘get started’ in the bid process, pro­duce a ten­der and col­lab­o­rate with other or­gan­i­sa­tions to make the best of­fer.

Coun Jones said: “I am de­lighted that our team has won de­served recog­ni­tion for its work sup­port­ing our lo­cal busi­nesses. Ten­der­ing for a public sec­tor con­tract can be a daunt­ing prospect and these free work­shops pro­vide ex­cel­lent guid­ance to help busi­nesses de­velop a bid.

“We want traders and char­i­ties to know that we are al­ways in­ter­ested in re­ceiv­ing ten­ders from lo­cal busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

Chris Manka, FSB’s North Cheshire branch chair­man, said: “We very much like the ap­proach be­ing taken by Cheshire East, and we urge other lo­cal author­i­ties in the re­gion to fol­low their lead.”

To book a place on then work­shops, call 0300 123 5001 or email Danielle. Stan­way@cheshireeast. gov.uk

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