A few weeks ago more than 650 representatives from SMEs across Northern Ireland and Ireland attended the largest ever InterTradeIreland ‘Meet the Buyer’ event held across the island to date in the Ramada, Belfast. The landmark public procurement event provided local businesses with the opportunity to meet directly with around 50 public sector buyers from both jurisdictions. This included buyers from a diverse range of sectors including representatives from Translink, Irish Rail, NIE, RTÉ, An Garda Síochána, NI housing Executive and various councils and government departments.
Unlocking Public Sector Procurement Opportunities
This highly popular event, which reached maximum capacity weeks in advance, is designed to provide SMEs with an insight into the tendering process and how they can gain access to the all-island public procurement market, worth a staggering £10 billion. As well as engaging directly with key buyers, specialists were also on hand to give workshops and master-classes to SMEs on related topics such as ‘refining your pitch’, ‘consortia building’ and ‘lessons in tendering’.
SMEs can provide the perfect solution to public procurement tenders
With the flexibility, value for money and innovative solutions offered by small businesses, they are often best placed to meet the demands of buyers in the public sector and a company that can have success in its local market has a heightened chance of success in other larger export markets.
Future Meet the Buyer Events
The next Meet the Buyer event will be taking place on Thursday 17th October in the City West Hotel, Dublin, beginning at 8.30am and finishing at 3pm. Registration is now closed, but to join the waiting list please visit http://www.intertradeireland.com/meet-the-buyer/.
As well as our Meet the Buyer events, InterTradeIreland offers other support to businesses that want to improve how they tender. Our Go-2-Tender programme, which has been in operation for over nine years offers workshops and mentoring for firms and to date, has helped more than 1100 businesses.
We have dedicated experts available at InterTradeIreland so if you are an SME new to tendering or interested in improving your success in public procurement, please call Caroline Sweeney or Grant Gilmore at InterTradeIreland on 028 3083 4186 or visit www.intertradeireland.com/public-procurement