Businesses flock to public sector procurement event

June 9, 2015 9:23 am

Meet the Buyer - Public Sector Procurement

Some 80 delegates flocked to a public sector procurement event in Sutton-in-Ashfield on Monday June 8 to find out how to win contracts in the public sector.

The event, at Kings Mill Hospital Conference Centre, was organised by Ashfield and Mansfield District Councils through their Invest Ashfield and Mansfield (IAM) project to help local firms find out more about the range of opportunities available to private sector businesses with the public sector in Nottinghamshire.

It included presentations by Sherwood Forest Hospital Trust, Nottinghamshire County Council, ESPO (Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation, a public sector procurement organisation), East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Vision West Nottinghamshire College and Ashfield and Mansfield District Council’s shared procurement team.

Delegates were given information and tips on how to trade with the public sector and revealed details about opportunities in the public sector and how to win contracts.​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Delegates were welcomed by Cllr Don Davis, Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth at Ashfield District Council, who said: “Ashfield and Mansfield councils are very pleased to have been involved in putting this event together.

“Despite recent cuts in funding, there are still significant contracts being offered in the public sector.

“We are keen to encourage local businesses to win these contracts and boost the local area’s economy by having more profitable businesses, more secure employment opportunities and, ultimately, more money for local people to spend in the area.

Also present was Cllr Dave Saunders, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration at Mansfield District Council, who said local businesses valued the event.

“Helping to unlock some of the perceived mysteries of dealing with the public sector is vital to ensuring we support local jobs,” he said.

Information from the day, including the presentations, is being made available at the IAM website at


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