Surgeries organised for Argyll and Bute Council contractors

Companies hoping to win Argyll and Bute Council works contracts are being invited to a series of 'procurement surgeries' across the authority area.
Companies hoping to win Argyll and Bute Council works contracts are being invited to a series of 'procurement surgeries' across the authority area.

Companies on Bute hoping to bid for Argyll and Bute Council contracts are being invited to attend one in a series of information events being held by the local authority.

The council is to hold a series of surgeries throughout the area over the next three months - the Rothesay one is on March 3 - to tell local contractors of a new way of tendering for ‘capital works’ contracts between £25,000 and £500,000 in value.

The type of contracts vary in cost and size, and may include re-roofing, fire alarm installations and upgrades and replacements of heating systems, refurbishment of buildings, electrical works, coastal protection and bridge strengthening, parking machines installation and traffic management works.

These surgeries will provide an opportunity for local suppliers to meet with procurement staff to hear about the council’s new procurement procedures, find out more about forthcoming contract opportunities and learn about the support available via the authority’s Supplier Development Programme.

The council’s policy lead for customer and support services, Councillor Dick Walsh, said: “This new approach gives local contractors a real opportunity to bid for work. Everything is to benefit them, get them involved and make them aware of changes in tendering requirements.

“These events will provide a great opportunity to come along and meet the council’s buyers for these works contracts and find out more about the new approach to their procurement.

“While EU procurement rules mean we are unable to discriminate in favour of local suppliers, the council is committed to making sure that local businesses are aware of the opportunities and can access support to help them tender successfully.”

Individual appointments will also be available with council officers and any contractor interested in bidding for contracts is urged to make an appointment.

The surgeries will be held in Lochgilphead on January 27, Dunoon on February 3, Oban on February 16, Rothesay on March 3, Campbeltown on March 23 and Helensburgh on March 30.

The surgeries will take place from 10.30am–12.30pm at each location. To make an appointment please contact Gillian Allenby, procurement analyst, at least seven days prior to the date of the event you are interested in, either by email to procurement@argyll-bute.gov.uk or by calling 01700 501358.

Please provide your contact details, which event you would like to attend, the nature of your business and any topics you would like to discuss to allow the buyers to prepare in advance and make best use of the time available.