SBC offers a helping hand for contracts worth £129m

AROUND half of Scottish Borders Council’s recently approved £264million revenue budget for 2012/13 will go to pay its own workforce and meet the costs of property overheads.

But around £130million of that overall annual expenditure will be spent by the local authority purchasing goods and services from external suppliers.

And given the parlous state of the regional economy, the council has this week announced it is offering a “helping hand” to local companies wanting a share of that business by organising a supplier awareness event.

It will take place at the Newtown HQ on Tuesday, March 20 at 5.30pm and will feature a presentation informing suppliers about SBC’s approach to tendering and awarding contracts.

There will be a chance for private sector firms to talk directly to procurement personnel, along with other key buyers from across the council’s departments.

“This is an excellent opportunity for firms to learn about our procurement policy and how we award contracts,” said Councillor Michael Cook, SBC’s executive member for corporate improvement, who will host the event.