Herefordshire Council has launched a new resource to support businesses interested in tendering for council contracts.
The council spends around £130m per year buying services to make sure the needs of residents are met. Many of these services are bought from local businesses and voluntary organisations, and the authority is keen to maximise opportunities to increase this.
To help local businesses and provide them with support in tendering for council work ranging from homecare to printing, the council has launched a new procurement and commissioning resource on its website (www.herefordshire.gov.uk/procurement).
Wayne Welsby, head of commercial services at the council, says: “We are keen to work with suppliers to make sure that our new web pages address the needs of local businesses and support them in tendering for council work.
“This builds on existing work the council is undertaking to simplify its tender processes. There are a number of stages that have to be completed before the council can award contracts, and we want to help local businesses understand what these are and how to get through them.
“I would urge any businesses wanting to work with us to visit these pages and let us know what they think. We are happy to continue developing them to support local businesses.”