Dudley Council is cutting red tape, making it easier for firms to bid for low value contracts.
As part of its commitment through the Dudley Deal the council has simplified and reduced its terms and conditions.
These will be used for low risk contracts with a value less than £75,000, with the aim of making them more accessible to local small and medium sized enterprises.
The council has also introduced a summary page to its quotes and tenders document, which tells bidders up-front the minimum requirements for the contract, saving them from having to look through the full document.
Councillor Simon Phipps, cabinet member for procurement, transformation and commercialisation, said:
The council’s existing low value terms and conditions were just too long and not always appropriate for low value, low risk contracts. Feedback from some small local businesses was they were also sometimes difficult to interpret, deterring them from bidding for contracts.
We are committed to supporting local businesses, it’s one of our top priorities, so as part of the Dudley Deal we’ve reviewed our T&Cs for smaller contracts, simplifying them to encourage and make it easier for firms to bid for business with us.
I’m sure these changes will have a positive impact on our business community and increase the number of local firms we work with.”
The Dudley Deal is an informal agreement between the council and anyone who lives, works or runs a business in the borough. It aims to create a better and more prosperous borough for all.
Through the Dudley Deal for Business, the council sets out what it will commit to and how businesses can play their part in growing the borough’s economy.