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Free training for SMEs bidding on public sector contracts

Cheshire East Council is to hold a series of free workshops to help business people learn how to win public sector contracts.

The aim of the procurement training events are to show SMEs how to get started in the bid process and how to produce a tender for both local and central government work.

The workshops, which are being provided by the council’s arms-length Skills and Growth Company, are suitable for businesses new to the tendering process or looking to improve how they tender.

The first event on 27 February is an introduction to the tendering process, which will show how the framework for public sector tendering operates, how to navigate it and how to prepare for tendering opportunities.

The second workshop on 6 March will explain the best-practice procedures and structures that should be put into place in an organisation to make sure bids are as professional as possible and also how working in consortia can provide further opportunities.

Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East cabinet member for finance and communications, says: “Tendering for a public sector contract can often seem a daunting prospect and these free workshops provide really excellent, practical guidance to help local businesses develop their bids.

“We are always interested in receiving tenders from local businesses and organisations and these free workshops can significantly help to demystify and simplify the process.

“We are keen to support local firms and work to ensure as many of our quality services as possible are provided locally, while continuing to deliver value for money for the people of Cheshire East.

“It is important as Cheshire East spends in the region of £260 million of public money annually on contracts, supplies and services with third parties.”