Harlow Council (on behalf of the three West Essex Councils) is seeking to commission a suitably qualified and experienced training provider to deliver a series of training for people working in the Third Sector located in the West Essex area. Funded by the Councils’ UK Shared Prosperity Funding (UKSPF) and must be delivered between April 24 and February 25.
Interested parties should go to www.mytenders.org to obtain details of the tender. You will need to register as a Supplier which is free of charge.
Apply by the 15th December 23.
How to find contracts
Procurement opportunities can be found on websites, such as:
A free Government tool allowing businesses to search the market and find new opportunities or advertise procurement to source the best suppliers.
A free platform that allows public buyers to publish contracts and give suppliers easy access to published tenders and opportunities.
Tendring website where Essex Council seek goods and services over £100k.
Register as a supplier
Businesses can register as suppliers on various websites, such as:
Procurement Reform Bill
Information for Suppliers
The Procurement Bill currently passing through Parliament, should make it easier for businesses to enter public sector supply chains and this will benefit SME’s/Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises (VCSE’s). Please use the following links to the GOV.UK website for further information.Transforming Public Procurement Benefits for Suppliers
Harlow Council uses a range of different suppliers to deliver its services. Currently Harlow Council spends around £73 million and uses 1,300 suppliers. Around £33 million of that spend has been through local Harlow suppliers, with a further £10 million in Essex and Hertfordshire.
The Council will only spend in order to deliver its services such as the following:
- Council housing
- Regeneration – including house building
- Property portfolio – Civic Centre, Latton Bush Business Centre, commercial tenancies
- Parks – including the Town Park and Pets’ Corner
- Waste collection
- Environmental health – food hygiene, licensing, aids and adaptions
- Planning and Building Control
- Community services – Community Safety, Harlow Playhouse, Harlow Museum
- Communication, finance, legal
The Council must follow its procurement rules when procuring goods and services. These include Contract Standing Orders, Governance Expectations and Financial Regulations. Foundations underpinning public procurement include social value, equalities, prompt payment, anti-bribery, modern slavery, GDPR & Freedom of Information and equal treatment of suppliers.
Harlow Gilston Garden Town
Aims to deliver 10,000 homes across seven villages in the Gilston / Harlow area by 2033. Enabling an integrated sustainable transport networks and creating 20,000 jobs.
The HGGT will utilise local supply chains and create more opportunities for local businesses. Find out how your business can prepare for procurement opportunities.
Essex County Council
Rainbow Services is the communities and voluntary sector infrastructure organisation in Harlow, who can advise you on working with the local community to meet your corporate responsibilities. Such as sponsoring sports clubs, planting trees or volunteering days.
Tools for successful procurement
There are lots of requirements that businesses need to meet to ensure they can win public and private contracts. The links below provide helpful tips and resources to support successful bids and tenders.
If your business uses or stores personal information you must follow data protection rules. This applies to information kept on staff, customers and account holders. Displaying a strong data protection process can help secure more procurement. The government has issued advice and guidance on data protection and your business.View here
Acas Working for Everyone provide free HR templates for businesses including letters, forms, policies and HR documents. They are free to download and cover business aspects such as redundancy, disciplinary, appraisals, diversity, equality and more.View here
Access a free policy template which can be adapted to your business to cover equality, diversity and inclusion.View here
Understanding and preventing modern slavery can protect your business and help in showing social value within procurement processes. The SME Modern Slavery Tool Kit provides free advice on mitigating the risk of modern slavery.View here
Government guidance for construction companies on sourcing and contracting public works projects and programmes. Understand how public services assess, process and manage procurement within construction, helping your business navigate public procurement and win more business.View here
In 2019, the UK legislated to introduce a target for achieving at least a 100% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, this target is known as the Net Zero Target. View the Government’s Net Zero Strategy to understand more about sustainability in construction and how it can aid procurement.View here
The Government website provides useful information for supplies looking to procure contracts. Advice includes finding and bidding on contracts, social value, help for suppliers, procurement teams and more.View here
Are you thinking of selling products or services internationally? A range of government programmes are available which offer new opportunities, country specific advice, specialist exporting training and more.View here
Want to find other businesses based in Harlow? Look and search for other local businesses using the Harlow business directory.Business Directory
Want to know more?
Contact Harlow Council’s Economic Development Team who can answer your questions and queries.Contact