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Open for business with open evenings

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Dudley Council is continuing to change the way it works with local businesses.

The council is looking to streamline and simplify procurement processes, making it easier for local businesses to tender for work, and is running a series of open evenings for local businesses to find out how they can work with the council.

Councillor Rachel Harris

The next session is planned for Wednesday 5 December in the Council House, Priory Road Dudley from 4pm until 6pm – booking is essential. Businesses of all sizes can attend to find out about the council’s procurement process, what they need to do to tender for business and suggest ways that the council can make it easier for local businesses to bid. The Council will also tell local business what support is on offer. To book a place on the event please email commercialandprocurement@dudley.gov.uk.

Businesses can also find out about Dudley’s new approach to commissioning, through its social value impact assessment. Before a procurement decision is made, alongside considering quality of work and value for money, the council will look at the social, economic and environmental benefits of working with local companies. All bids for council contracts will need to consider how their work could benefit the wider community.

Councillor Rachel Harris, cabinet member for commercial and procurement said:

Our first opening evening held last month was really useful both for local companies and for us as a council. We’ve already taken on board some of the ideas raised and will be implementing them in the future to make the tender process easier for local companies.
We’re really excited about our new approach to tendering for contracts, especially the social value evaluation which will take into account the wider range of community benefits delivered by our procurement spend.
I hope even more businesses come along to the next open evening on 5 December to find out how they can work with us in the future.

The open evenings are part of the work of the council’s new commercial and procurement division which is looking at the ways the council’s trading arm - Revolution can make additional income through the services it offers as well as improving the way it procures goods and services from businesses.

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