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19th Oct, 2021

Redditch firms urged to dive into the pool for council contracts

Redditch Editorial 18th Feb, 2021

FIRMS in Redditch are being urged to compete for contracts from the Borough Council and other public bodies, as the latest new opportunity to supply services to the local authority was published.

The council is calling on local suppliers to register with the systems the public sector uses to buy goods and services.

Councillor Craig Warhurst, the borough’s portfolio holder for procurement, said: “We are committed to supporting local business, contractors, and trades.

“We want to spend council taxpayers’ money locally.

“There are often opportunities for local Redditch firms to win business from the council and other public sector organisations, therefore being signed up to the procurement channels will alert you to those opportunities.

“Redditch has a wealth of proud quality businesses that should be bidding for public sector work, and it’s a win-win, as the public sector can benefit from local expertise while Redditch businesses are key to the town’s economy and post-Covid recovery.”

The latest opportunity offered by the council on its ‘ProContract’ procurement portal is for the servicing and maintenance of Shopmobility equipment, the motorised scooters and other mobility equipment that helps people get around the town centre.

Suppliers in all sectors can easily register for an account on ProContract to get notified whenever new opportunities are posted.

In addition to ProContract the council also uses a number of public sector purchasing frameworks that local suppliers can get themselves on.

“The council is building new housing stock this year,” said Coun Warhurst.

“Added to this we have regular spends with contractors, tradesmen and in repairs and maintenance.

“We want to work with local companies. Getting on the frameworks is another powerful way to put your hat into the ring, in terms of having more opportunities to supply goods and services to the council and other public bodies as well.

“A purchasing department will often go to a framework – but is your business on it?

“There is often a time-limited window to join a framework, so to maximise your opportunities research your sector now.”

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