Supplier day looks to support businesses

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NEW ways to support the local economy and provide opportunities for local small and medium businesses are being opened up by Northumberland County Council.

Businesses are being invited to attend a supplier awareness event on Tuesday in the Council Chamber, County Hall, Morpeth, from 9.30am until 4pm.

The day will consist of two sessions one in the morning from 9.15am until noon and then in the afternoon starting at 1pm.

It will provide an opportunity for local firms to learn more about how they can become suppliers to the council and other north east local authorities by registering on the North East Procurement Organisation’s ProContract e-sourcing system.

Within the system is a facility which allows the council to obtain quick quotes for supplies under £50,000.

The system works by randomly selecting four relevant suppliers from the database and issuing a request for a quotation to these suppliers.

This selection process operates on a rotation basis ensuring suppliers are given a fair opportunity.

The council is also able to dictate that two of the four suppliers selected are local suppliers where possible.

Businesses unable to attend the event can register through the NEPO portal at

Coun Tom Brechany, executive member for planning, housing and regeneration said “It is a priority for the council that we help our local economy grow by supporting local businesses.

“We can do this by ensuring businesses are able to become our suppliers in the easiest way possible and avoid duplication of work. “Our new procurement system will mean that local businesses will only need to register on one system. “This will also enable us to ensure that every business has a fair opportunity to become a supplier to the council and we will also benefit from being able to ensure value for money and encourage local entrepreneurs.”

The council would like to see as many local businesses as possible attending and taking the opportunity to drop in for advice as well as being able to meet other local suppliers.