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FREE Event to Help SMEs Win Tenders; Midland SMEs Can

Tuesday, July 1 from 8.30am-11am, Athlone Springs Hotel.

REGISTER AT: bookingtd@gmail.com

One percent

Deputy Denis Naughten is to host a free seminar headlining some of the country’s leading experts in the field of public procurement in a bid to help SMEs in the Midlands win more tenders. Currently only around 1 per cent of SMEs in the Midlands win a share of the €9 billion available in public sector contracts. In fact SMEs in the Midlands win less contracts that anywhere else in the country. SMEs are the lifeblood of Ireland’s economy and here in the heart of Ireland are missing out on lucrative public sector contracts and for sure businesses in the Midlands can achieve more in this area.

Midland SMEs Can

This seminar entitled Midlands SMEs Can! Is targeted at companies in counties Roscommon, Westmeath, Longford, Laois, Leitrim, Offaly and East Galway is focused on helping local SMEs win a greater slice of the procurement pie by helping them understand how the system works and how to best compete If you are free next Tuesday morning for a few hours it is really worth your while popping along to hear from experts in the field of public procurement who will share tips and best practice to boost SME chances of success dramatically. And, less well know is that SMEs partnering together is an effective way to win tenders.

Speakers

Confirmed speakers include Denis Naughten TD, Moderator, Tony Corrigan, CEO, TenderScout, Mullingar-based Enda O’Reilly, Director B2B who led a consortium of 15 SMEs to a place on a €32 million framework contract and InterTradeIreland. Tony Corrigan, CEO, TenderScout is a firm believer that the system is what the system is and SMEs need to learn to operate within it more effectively. But, understanding how the system works can make all the difference. Clearly, SMEs in the Midlands are losing out on millions of euros with the worst procurement performance in the country. But, it is equally important to understand when to compete and when not to as tendering can be an expensive exercise for SMEs both in terms of actual cost and time. Therefore, knowing when you have a realistic chance of winning and when you don’t ensures SMEs have a more focused approach to tendering and greatly enhance changes of success.

Doors open at 8.30am for light refreshments and networking. The seminar officially opens at 9am and runs until 11am when there will be more opportunity to speak with the experts.

The event takes place at The Athlone Springs Hotel on Tuesday, July 1. Those who wish to attend should register at bookingtd@gmail.com.

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