Prior to commencing a procurement process, the council will be carrying out a consultation with suppliers to find out how services can be efficiently and effectively commissioned to best meet the needs and priorities of Herefordshire’s communities.
The consultation will also include services which are currently being reviewed as part of the council’s ‘Root and Branch Review’ programme, which is examining the best way to deliver a wide range of services and deliver value for money.
Councillor John Jarvis, leader of Herefordshire Council, said: “The procurement exercise aims to widen the competition for services and make tendering easier, which will improve the opportunities for a range of organisations, including small and medium sized businesses, community groups, social enterprises and parish councils to deliver council services.”
“We need to ensure that we continue to deliver high quality services across the county and as such we welcome interest from local organisations who believe they can help us achieve our priorities going forward into the next decade.”
During the coming months, Herefordshire Council will be engaging with organisations who are interested in supplying services. As part of this, the council plans to hold ‘how to supply / tender’ workshops in conjunction with local partners to provide information about supply opportunities, forthcoming contracts and the tendering process. The workshops will be open to all interested organisations.
Mike Ashton, Chief Executive of Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, responded positively to the news: “The chamber welcomes the approach the council is taking and the opportunities that this presents for local businesses. We look forward to working together with the council to support this activity and would encourage our members and local organisations to actively engage in the consultation process.”
For additional information or to register your interest, please visit: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/market-consultation.