Local businesses have been given a helping hand to understand the intricacies of supplying to the Ministry of Defence.
Middlesbrough Council, working in partnership with BiP Solutions, laid on a full-day event offering an exciting opportunity to hear from reputable speakers and network with key MoD agencies.
Held at Middlesbrough Football Club and initiated by the Council’s Business Development Team, the event gave businesses a better understanding of procurement and supply chain issues within the MoD and offered support to businesses looking to win work in this sector.
The event followed the Council’s successful series of workshops helping local small businesses understand public procurement processes and prepare for successful tendering.
Derek Foxcroft from Carbon Abatement Technology attended the MOD event and found it extremely useful.
He said: “As a business we are interested in all new opportunities and this event was right on the money, and a real coup for Middlesbrough.
“It will lead to new and exciting military contracts and defence export markets without doubt.
“We also made some invaluable contacts at the event such as Robin Fox, MD of NDI who will be assisting us in our approach to these markets.
“It shows imagination and foresight by Middlesbrough Council and we cannot thank them enough for bringing the event to a local venue.”
Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member of Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “In tough economic times, a thriving business community is more important than ever to ensure Middlesbrough’s recovery and on-going regeneration.
“These sessions are a great way to help local enterprises compete for the business that is out there.”
Such events normally cost around £300 per delegate, but thanks to European funding the Council was able to offer free places to the local business community.
The European Regional Development Fund helps stimulate economic development and regeneration in the least prosperous regions of the European Union.
The next event will be on Tuesday, March 22 and will explore how to supply to the NHS. For further information visit www.procurementevents.com or contact the BiP Solutions events helpline on 0845 270 7095