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'How to' land a lucrative county council contract

Published 20/06/2013 | 05:26

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A SEMINAR on 'how to' nab a public procurement contract could open the door to lucative new business for local enterprises.

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A SEMINAR on 'how to' nab a public procurement contract could open the door to lucative new business for local enterprises.

North Cork Enterprise Board is hosting the seminar in partnership with Cork County Council at Mallow GAA Complex on Wednesday, July 10.

The seminar will explain to potential contractors and business people how to tap into the massive national and local e-tendering process. However, there will be a special focus on those who may have been slow to tender, up to now, because they were unfamiliar with the 'how to'.

This seminar will help educate people how to go about tendering better and they will understand what Cork County Council is looking for.

MacDara O Hici, head of procurement at Cork County Council, will be speaking on the night and wants people who can do the job for the best price, rather than those who are good at tendering.

All public, semi-state and local authority procurements are now done through the e-tendering process, including Cork County Council and that is what the seminar will explain

Along with MacDara, also speaking will be Ger Power, head of finance at Cork County Council and Michael Hanley, manager of North Cork Enterprise Board.

Mr Hanley said Cork County Council is one of the largest buyers in the region, and in terms of goods and services there are numerous opportunities for local companies to be involved in supplying the council.

"We are anxious that companies are aware of what the council are seeking, and how the process of tendering for this business works," he said. "Particularly in the current economic climate, this is an opportunity that must not be missed in getting first hand information from those directly involved in procurement."

Running from 7-8pm, there will be a questions and answers session so that any grey areas can be fully explained to potential contractors and suppliers.

The event is open to all and admission is free, but booking is essential - e-mail joan@nceb.ie or contact the North Cork Enterprise Board on 022 43235.

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