Laura Sharman 04 October 2013

Councils launch new website to cut cost of bidding on contracts

Councils launch new website to cut cost of bidding on contracts image

Two South East councils have created a new website to make it easier for businesses to bid on council contracts worth over £100,000.

Surrey and East Sussex CCs said the initiative will help cut the cost and red tape for firms bidding on deals, as they only need to register once. Companies can also use the site to bid on joint contracts.

E-auctions The new website will cut the cost of bidding on council contracts.

Rupert Simmons, East Sussex CC lead member for economy, said: ‘As we are now beginning to see an upturn in the economy, it’s vital that companies are allowed to do business with the minimum of red tape to maximise their potential.

‘Business doesn’t stop at county boundaries and this initiative, the latest example of our close working relationship with Surrey, will ease the process of creating jobs and boosting the economy in both counties.’

The councils expect around 150 opportunities a year will be advertised on the site, and hope to extend it out to other local authorities in the future.

Firms have already won contracts worth a total of £1.5m through Surrey CC’s new procurement website.

Sutton Councils IoT pilot project image

Sutton Council's IoT pilot project

David Grasty, head of digital strategy & portfolio for Kingston and Sutton Councils, outlines how in-home sensors have improved the safety of vulnerable residents living in social housing.
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Director of Children's Safeguarding and Care 

Gloucestershire County Council
Up to £116,391, plus relocation support
We are looking to fill this vital role at a very important time for us.  Our children’s services team is on an important journey of... Gloucestershire
Recuriter: Gloucestershire County Council

Corporate Director

Ceredigion County Council
£97,294 - £104,086
We are looking to recruit an ambitious and truly transformational leader to support the delivery of modernised and sustainable services to... Penmorfa, Porthmadog
Recuriter: Ceredigion County Council

Street Works Co-ordinator

Lincolnshire County Council
£21,153 - £23,791
Do you want to make a difference to how Street Works are managed within Lincolnshire? Lincolnshire
Recuriter: Lincolnshire County Council

Community Co-ordinator (Health inequalities)

Brent Council
£32,418 - £34,209 p.a. inc.
The successful candidate will have evidenced experience of working in a community environment. Brent, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Homelessness Prevention and Relief Officer

Brent Council
£32,418 - £34,209 p.a. inc. (pro-rata)
You must have an understanding of homelessness legislation, and an ability to learn legislation quickly with training, coupled with... Brent, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue