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Redditch firms are being invited to a free event designed to help them understand how to win business that’s available from the borough council and the wider public sector.

‘Tendering for Local Contracts’ aims to help borough firms network with the experts and get the latest info on how Redditch Borough Council and other public bodies buy goods and services, and what they look for when they invite bids for the work.

TLC is taking place on March 8, 2pm to 4pm, at Redditch Town Hall. Confirmed exhibitors so far include Find it in Worcestershire, Procurement For Housing, the Government’s procurement experts the Crown Commercial Service, Rubicon Leisure - the council’s new wholly owned leisure company - and EEM Ltd, a non-profit that aims to help deliver efficiency savings across the public sector.

Procurement officers representing Redditch Borough Council, Bromsgrove District Council and Worcestershire Regulatory Services will also be on hand to answer questions and give information.

Cllr Matt Dormer, Leader of Redditch Borough Council, said: “There are many opportunities to win business from this council and other organisations across the public sector. Firms just need to understand how it works, the processes, the rules. There’s no mystery to it - just real world business advice on winning the work that’s out there and available.

“This is a must-attend event for suppliers that want to network, collaborate, make new contacts and gain an understanding of procurement in the public sector.”

Places at the event are free but must be booked in advance. To reserve your place or for more details, contact Carmen Young, procurement officer at Redditch Borough Council, on carmen.young@redditchbc.gov.uk or (01527) 64252 ext. 3335.