Helping businesses and third sector supply to the public sector
22nd January 2018
The Highland Council and its Commercial and Procurement Shared Services partners Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils are running a series of events to help businesses supply to the public sector. Some of the events are hosted by other organisations and we will be signposting suppliers to these as well.
The programme of events for Highland aims to increase understanding of public sector procurement policy/legislation by offering practical support.
The first four events can be attended by webinar, making it easier for businesses to participate in their busy schedules.
On Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 January from 9:30am - 10:45 am the first 2 webinars will cover "Tender Procedures and the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) formerly known as the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire. Register online at: https://www.sdpscotland.co.uk/events/webinar-tender-procedures-espd-4/
On Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 February from 2pm - 2:45pm a further 2 webinars will cover "Finding and understanding framework opportunities". A speaker from Scotland Excel explains what a framework agreement is; what frameworks exist in Scotland; their methods of use and the expectations and rights of suppliers. Register online at: https://www.sdpscotland.co.uk/events/webinar-finding-understanding-framework-opportunities-4/
Also on Tuesday 6 March there will be a “Supplying to the Public Sector" event at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness. Highland Council is pleased to be able to offer this event in conjunction with Partnership for Procurement.
Partnership for Procurement is a new initiative funded through the Scottish Government's 10 Year Social Enterprise Strategy; supporting social enterprises and third sector organisations to better access public contracts and build partnerships/consortia.
Further information and registration for the event can be found via EventBrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/partnership-for-procurement-third-sector-roadshow-inverness-2017-tickets-41944584381
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Motorists are being advised by The Highland Council that there will be part-day road closures of the B851 on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th April from 9am to 3pm at Farr Primary School (south of Inverness). The two rescheduled part-day road closures (which were previously postponed due to bad weather) are required at Farr Primary School to carry out essential carriageway surfacing works.
The annual inspection of the The annual inspection of the rock face adjacent to the Stromeferry Bypass which is part of the A890 route along the south shore of Loch Carron, will begin on Monday 16 April. Geotechnical Engineers from AECOM will undertake the inspection with the assistance of rope access contractor Geo-Rope Ltd.
Highland Council Local Scrutiny Plan - April 2018 to March 2019 Introduction 1. This local scrutiny plan sets out any scrutiny risks identified by the local area network (LAN), proposed scrutiny responses and expected scrutiny activity for Highland Council during the financial year 2018/19.
Finding savings is now "increasingly critical" for councils dealing with ongoing reductions in funding, says the Accounts Commission. Councils are balancing a real terms funding cut of 9.6 per cent over the last eight years with increasing demand, particularly from a growing older population.
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