‘Buddies’ win award for business contract help
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