Public Procurement Workshop

The value of public sector procurement is worth more than £2.6 billion each year in NI and the Local Assembly is keen to increase the number of small enterprises they do business with.

The public sector includes government departments, councils, schools and universities all of which require common goods and services such as clothing, chemicals and catering. Other bodies may have a specific need for fencing, grounds maintenance and environmental services to name a few.

While the number of small business bidding successfully for public tenders is increasing, opportunities still remain. To learn more about the public procurement process, CAFRE (College of Agriculture and Rural Enterprise) is delivering an evening workshop at Greenmount Campus on 20th November 2013. The workshop will take place between 7.30 and 9.30pm in Greenmount Resource Centre Room 3, Greenmount Campus
The workshop will highlight the opportunities to tender for work within the public sector and explain the tendering process. Sharon Logue, Procurement Manager at Newtownabbey Borough Council will explain the process from a Council’s perspective. Daniel Connolly, Managing Director of ReCon Waste Management will also detail his experience of bidding for and winning Council tenders.  ReCon, based in Armagh collects gutter and sweeper waste and processes it into useable landscaping materials. During the workshop we will also demonstrate an on-line procurement system for viewing and applying for public tenders.
If you would like to attend this workshop, please confirm your free place by telephoning Claire Anderson on 028 2566 2823 or e-mailing claire.anderson@dardni.gov.uk.
Claire Anderson
Senior Rural Enterprise Adviser
Photograph: Daniel Connolly, Managing Director, ReCon. A speaker at CAFRE’s Public Procurement Workshop on 20th November at Greenmount Campus.