How to win contracts with local authorities explained
BREAKING DOWN the barriers of the tendering process and simplifying the procedures in place for accessing local authority contracts was the message given at an information session hosted by Wexford County Council in County Hall in Carricklawn last week.
Acting County Manager Adrian Doyle opened the event attended by more than 90 people eager to find out how they could win contracts with local authorities. The event was organised as part of the Wexford Means Business Network. Speakers included Catherine Carmody, Procurement Co-ordinator in the Local Government National Procurement Office (LGNPO), who gave an overview on the National Perspective; and Noel O'Driscoll, Senior Executive Engineer, Wexford County Council who gave an overview on the Local Perspective focusing in particular on the Roads section. The Public Sector procures or buys approximately €190 billion worth of sales every year. Wexford Local Authorities procures about €200 million of this. Experts say although small companies account for 99 per cent of total companies, they deliver less than half the requirements of contracting authorities.