Cheshire East hosts free training sessions for local businesses | Knutsford Times

Cheshire East hosts free training sessions for local businesses

By on October 10, 2017

Businesses in Cheshire are being offered the opportunity to attend free workshops hosted by Cheshire East to help them learn how to win public sector contracts.

The events are aimed at small and medium sized enterprises to show them how to ‘get started’ in the bid process and how to produce a tender for government work.

Cllr Paul Bates, cabinet member for finance and communities, said: “Tendering for a public sector contract can seem a daunting prospect but these free workshops provide excellent, practical guidance to help businesses develop their bids.

Held at South Cheshire College, Crewe, the first workshop – titled ‘Let’s get started’, which introduces the tender process – will be held on Tuesday, November 7 followed by the ‘Invitation to tender process’ workshop on Tuesday, November 14. The second workshop explains best-practice to make bids professional and suitable.

“We are always interested in receiving tenders from local businesses and organisations and these free workshops can significantly help to simplify and demystify the process.

“We are keen to support local firms and businesses and work to ensure that as many of our quality services as possible are provided locally while continuing to deliver value for money for the people of Cheshire East.

“Cheshire East spends in the region of £260m of public money annually on contracts, supplies and services with third parties.”



Both workshops will take place at South Cheshire College, Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe, from 7:45am-11am. Places are limited and businesses are advised to attend both events in order to get the most benefit and understand the whole process.

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