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Views sought from local businesses

BUSINESSES in Carmarthenshire are being encouraged to take advantage of council spending opportunities and give feedback about the authority’s procurement process.

As an organisation that delivers a wide range of services within communities, Carmarthenshire County Council buys – or procures – a variety of different goods, services and works such as construction projects on a regular basis in a process known as tendering. 

The council wants as many local businesses – large or small – to take up these tendering opportunities to ensure local people benefit from its spending.

All council procurement activity over £25,000 is advertised on the National Procurement Portal Sell2Wales, and business must register in order to access any tender opportunities.

This is a free online service and allows business to promote their organisation not only to the council but to other Welsh public sector bodies, and to receive notifications about contract opportunities suitable to their field of work.

The council also wants a better understanding of any barriers local business may find stand in their way of tendering for these opportunities, and has set up an online survey to get vital feedback and support businesses to have the confidence to tender. The survey can be accessed online and will allow businesses the opportunity to request further engagement with the council regarding support and notification of upcoming tender opportunities.

The council also encourage businesses to register on the Business Wales Business Directory – a free resource where businesses can advertise their services.

Businesses can also use the council’s new Supplier Guide which provides information on becoming tender ready, how to find out about opportunities, and how to bid for work.

Cabinet Member for Resources, Cllr David Jenkins, said: “We have a range of tender opportunities throughout the year and we want to ensure that local businesses are in the best possible position to bid for these opportunities and understand the tendering process. 

There will be occasions when we will need to focus on specific industries which may not be available in Carmarthenshire but we want to ensure that the spend remains in the county wherever possible. We want to continue to help grow businesses and create more jobs here in Carmarthenshire and will do everything we can to support that.”