24 Sep 2019

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Location: Harborough Innovation Centre
Airfield Business Park
Leicester Road
Market Harborough
LE16 7WB

Time: 7:30 am - 10:00 am

This free event focuses on public procurement processes and seeks to boost the confidence of smaller organisations to tender for locally-available work across Leicestershire.

(With a limited amount of spaces available, kindly note that this is aimed at companies based in Leicester and Leicestershire only.)

This event aims to clarify the processes involved, showcase where the opportunities are to be found – including the support available – as well as to share some examples of best-practice.

In conjunction with Harborough District Council, the Collaborate for Growth Project , the Business Gateway growth hub and the Universities of Leicester and LoughboroughEast Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) has organised this seminar – aimed primarily at SMEs and social enterprises.

Public sector organisations have proactively taken steps to simplify the process involved so that local firms no longer feel inhibited from pitching for available contracts, many of which are broken down into smaller components that represent lucrative and accessible opportunities.

In a bid to keep their expenditure local, the public sector is eager to clarify some common misconceptions about what the process entails and to welcome more tenders to help raise quality standards and promote best-value.

This seminar offers an informal opportunity to raise any questions (or concerns) about existing processes and provides suppliers with an opportunity to ask questions for public buyers to address.

There will also be information about registering with the county’s Source Leicestershire portal, and the support that the Chamber is able to provide.


  • Overview: tendering with the local authorities – Harborough District Council
  • Tendering with the Universities of Leicester and Loughborough
  • Emerging Issues (Q&A session with the Panellists)
  • Best-practice tips and hints (Silverlock Tendering)
  • Networking


Benefits of attending/who should attend:

  • Identification of available opportunities
  • Boost your confidence in being able to pitch for contracts
  • Improve your understanding of processes
  • Ideal for SMEs and social enterprises

We anticipate demand to be high for this event so please book early.


NB: owing to capacity restrictions, preference will be given to organisations based within Leicestershire – a maximum of TWO bookings per organisation.


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