Stevenage Town Square

Small businesses invited to virtual procurement workshop

accessing procurement opportunities at Stevenage Borough Council

To support local businesses in Stevenage, business owners are being invited to an inaugural online event. The event will focus on access to procurement opportunities at Stevenage Borough Council and is scheduled to take place on Thursday 30 July at 10.30am.

 

The event is part of the council’s response to support businesses through the current pandemic and towards economic recovery. As part of its ongoing support to businesses, the council has continued to provide information, advice and guidance to its businesses community and has supported 863 businesses access funding through the Small Business Grant Fund, the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant and also through the Discretionary Grant Fund.  

 

Cllr Lloyd Briscoe, Executive Member for Economy, Enterprise and Transport at Stevenage Borough Council said: “I am pleased to announce we are supporting local businesses to understand the procurement process. Our aim is to continue to support businesses during these difficult times by encouraging them to bid for opportunities, increase supply chains, which will result in business growth. This event will help to explain the red tape surrounding the procurement processes and rules, which can often be seen as a barrier to businesses accessing public sector contracts.

 

“We are fully committed to enable local businesses to access the opportunities available from Stevenage Borough Council, in order to grow a thriving and enterprising economy which benefits all local businesses.”

 

The Supporting businesses to access Stevenage Borough Council Procurement Opportunities workshop will provide a bite size session which will explain public sector procurement process, inform businesses of new opportunities, how these can be accessed and the buying process at Stevenage Borough Council. The event will also help demystify paperwork and outline support available to businesses, including top tips for bidding and much more. The event will last an hour and will be presented by the Councils Procurement Managers Lisa Baldock and Kirsten Brown.

 

To attend the event, please register your interest by emailing procurement@stevenage.gov.ukor alternatively you can watch the event by visiting our YouTube channel to view the live stream (https://www.youtube.com/user/SBCComms).