Durham County Council Supplier Workshop Event – Nov 10th

10th November 2016 at Durham Leadership Centre, Enterprise Way, Spennymoor.

This is a full day event, opening at 10am and finishing at 4pm. A buffet lunch will be provided.

The event is free of charge to attend.


Are you interested in doing business with Durham County Council?

Do you want to learn more about the Council’s procurement process?

Would you like to gain an understanding of UK and EU procurement law?

Would you like practical advice on getting shortlisted, bidding for tenders, and navigating the NEPO e-tendering system?


Learn how to tender successfully

Durham County Council’s Corporate Procurement team invite you to attend an in-depth workshop aimed at suppliers, and potential suppliers, of goods, works or services to the Council.

The event is open to any organisation, including large, medium and small organisations from both the private sector and the third sector, who may be interested in doing business with the Council.

The session is delivered directly by our specialist Procurement Officers – and it’s free to attend.

Workshop sessions include group activity and discussion aimed at reinforcing your understanding.

There will also be opportunities to ask questions, and to speak to our Procurement Officers on a one-to-one basis.


Outline of Programme

The law and policy background to public procurement

  • Recent changes to EU and UK public procurement regulations
  • How public sector procurement differs from private sector procurement
  • Durham County Council’s approach
  • What are the implications of Britain’s exit from the EU?

Getting ready to bid

  • How to find out about opportunities – the NEPO Portal and Contracts Finder
  • Types of bidding organisation – including consortia, partnerships, and special purpose vehicles
  • What you might be asked about your financial standing, health & safety compliance, and other common issues
  • Dealing with sub-contractors

Quotation and Tender Procedures

  • Lower-value Quotations
  • Multiple supplier arrangements: Framework Agreements and Dynamic Purchasing Systems
  • Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQs) in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015
  • The Invitation To Tender (ITT)
  • Tips on completing the PQQ and ITT – how to write an effective bid
  • How quality is evaluated
  • How prices are evaluated
  • Common mistakes – and how to avoid them!

Sustainable Procurement and Social Value

  • Durham County Council’s approach to sustainable procurement
  • The Public Services (Social Value) Act
  • Responding to innovative business models
  • How an organisation can become more sustainable
  • Answering sustainability / social value questions in the tender process.


How to register

For further details, or to register, please contact us:

Tel: 03000 265 428

Email: corporate.procurement@durham.gov.uk

If emailing to register, please include your name, the name of your company or organisation, and a contact telephone number.

We anticipate plenty of interest, so please note that we can accept a maximum of two delegates per organisation. You are advised to register as soon as possible, before we’re fully booked!





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