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Procurement event draws 50 delegates

procurement eventThe Chamber, in partnership with two local authorities, a housing association and emergency services held an event today aimed at providing local firms with the knowledge and information they need to help them pitch for locally-available public sector contracts.

Amber Valley Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, Futures Housing, Derbyshire Constabulary and Derbyshire Fire Rescue were the organisations taking part in the procurement event at Futures Housing's office in Ripley.

The seminar attracted 50 delegates from small businesses and social enterprises and featured presentations and an informal Q&A session allowing them to engage with the speakers.

The Chamber's tender alerts service was described. It helps businesses understand the procurement process, which many find a burden in terms of the time, cost and complexity.

The seminar’s aim was to dismiss some common misconceptions and clarify the public-sector procurement process, as well as showcasing best-practice exemplars and where the contracts are advertised.

The Chamber is keen to ensure that local authorities are transparent in their procurement processes and to enable more local firms to feel confident about tendering for more local contracts.