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Contracts and Procurement

Tuesday 28 November 2.00pm – 4.00pm at SALC office

£35 +VAT

Recommended for: Anyone involved in procuring goods and services, preparing tenders or entering into contracts on behalf of local councils.

Session overview:

This session is an introduction to the basics of procurement for local councils – inviting quotes, producing specifications and tender documentation, achieving competition and value for money, managing contracts.

Topics include:

  • EU procurement thresholds
  • Basic terminology and steps involved in procurement
  • Estimates, quotes and tenders
  • Producing a specification
  • Quality and value for money
  • Advertising, including Contracts Finder

Session benefits:

By the end of Contracts and Procurement you will:

  • Be aware of EU procurement thresholds
  • Recognise when you must advertise on Contracts Finder
  • Understand how to produce a specification for what you want
  • Understand the basic terminology and steps involved in procurement
  • Be able to ensure your procurement achieves value for money

Session leader: Steve Parkinson, The Parkinson Partnership LLP

Steve is a former Town Clerk and an accountant with 30 years' experience in public and voluntary sector finance. He now specialises in delivering training and advice on VAT and finance matters for the local council sector.

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