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Small and medium businesses can now easily tender for government contract work, thanks to a new procurement policy that aims to support and encourage their participation.

ETC’s Business Programs Manager Kevin Riddell said the NSW Government Procurement: Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Policy Framework improves SMEs access to tender for goods and services contract work with the government.

“The policy reduces the administrative burden, supports competition and provides greater accessibility for SMEs to gain government business,” Mr Riddell said.

“Flexible supplier panels, prequalification schemes and government exemptions to purchase goods and services directly from SMEs are some of the new policy changes,” Mr Riddell said.

To launch the new policy, ETC in conjunction with NSW Procurement and Small Biz Connect will host a free workshop on Getting Your Business Procurement Ready delivered by the NSW Procurement department.

Mr Riddell said the workshop will focus on the benefits of government contract work, tender requirements and how the NSW government purchases from businesses.

“Under the new policy, the contracting process for SMEs is a lot simpler, minimising or where possible removing barriers to securing government contract work,” Mr Riddell said.

The Getting Your Business Procurement Ready workshop is free and will be held on Tuesday 24 June from 6 – 9pm at ETC, 80 Grafton Street Coffs Harbour. Interested businesses must RSVP by 20 June to Victoria on 6650 1969 or via email business.info@etcltd.com.au. A light supper will be provided.

 

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