Published: 16/03/2014 08:03 - Updated: 14/03/2014 17:04

Business event at Moray College

Moray Council has organised the event for businesses
Moray Council has organised the event for businesses

BUSINESS representatives are being invited to a meet-the-buyer event next month organised by Moray Council.

The local authority spends millions of pounds a year on services and supplies.

In order to do business with the council, suppliers need to be registered on www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk as this is where the local authority advertises tenders.

It is thought many potential businesses are put off by what could be perceived as a lot of form-filling.

The event will take potentially new and existing suppliers through the process, introduce them to companies that have successfully used the process and help them get started.

Manager of the council’s procurement team, Diane Beattie, said: "Naturally we have to use stringent processes to ensure that the public’s money is well spent and we are getting best value for it.

"But it is much easier than many think to bid for tenders with the council. This event is all about demystifying that process and helping companies of all sizes to start trading with us."

The local authority has spent over £85 million on supplies and services during the last 18 months, on contracts ranging in size from £2,000 to £27 million.

Council leader and chairman of the policy and resources committee Allan Wright, said there were many benefits to doing business with the council.

"Once businesses are registered they receive early alerts of upcoming contracts they might be interested in, once trading their companies can experience sustainable growth, and we pay promptly too.

"Those three elements alone should encourage everybody to register with Public Contracts Scotland, the body that administers registrations and alerts.

"I would hope that all local and national businesses take this opportunity to come along to the event and at least find out what is involved in trading with the council."

The free event is being held at Moray College in the new Alexander Graham Bell building on Monday, April 15 from 4pm.

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