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Moray Council to host free tender training


By Staff Reporter


FREE training for local businesses to help secure public sector contracts is on offer.

Aimed at micro, small and medium firms, the two free face-to-face training courses will be delivered in Elgin.

Moray Council is offering free workshops on its procurement process.
Moray Council is offering free workshops on its procurement process.

Getting the highest possible score in a public sector bid is essential to winning a contract, but it can be difficult to know what exactly the buyer is looking for.

The first training event Improving Your Bid Score is scheduled for Thursday, January 16 at the youth café in Elgin and will provide an insight into buyers’ needs and expectations to help businesses win maximum points.

The second is Tender Procedures and will take place on February 19 at the same venue.

This covers the various types of tender procedures in detail, including processes and timescales. It also deals with the selection stage and completing the European Single Procurement Document.

Diane Beattie, head of procurement at Moray Council, said it was vital that contractors seeking government work maximise their chances by increasing scores.

She said: "There is an annual public spend of £11 billion in Scotland. These free workshops will ensure Moray businesses are better informed about how to find, win and keep some of these public sector contracts."

The workshops are a result of surveys undertaken in Moray by the Scottish Government’s Supplier Development Programme.

Manager Gillian Cameron said the majority of businesses that responded sought better guidance on how to win contracts.

She said: "These two workshops were the top responses from our surveys, so we hope to see a good turnout from small and medium-sized businesses in Moray to encourage their involvement in future bidding opportunities."

You can go online to www.sdpscotland.co.uk for more information and to register.



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