Local businesses urged to register with LG Tender Box

Burdekin businesses can increase their chances of winning local government business across the state just by registering their details on LG Tender Box.

Burdekin Shire Council Chief Executive Officer Matthew Magin said Council had recently met with representatives of Local Buy – the Local Government Association of Queensland’s (LGAQ) procurement services company.

“Local Buy’s Tim Rose and Catherine Mahoney were here to discuss how Council could enhance its procurement function, including the identification of opportunities for local businesses to take advantage of tender opportunities,” he said.

Local Buy’s core business is establishing and managing common-use supply arrangements for Queensland’s 77 Councils and currently offers Queensland Councils access to more than 50 common-use supply arrangements for goods and services, works, fleet, and energy.

Mr Magin said one of the issues discussed with Local Buy was how Burdekin businesses also could benefit through Local Buy.

“Local businesses in the Burdekin Shire Council area have the opportunity to learn about upcoming tender opportunities and submit offers to compete for business with Burdekin Shire Council, other Queensland Councils or Local Buy,” he said.

“They can increase their chances of winning local government business by registering on LG Tender Box, identifying suitable tender opportunities, and submitting conforming and competitive bids in response to the published tenders.

“There are already eight Burdekin businesses registered on LG Tender Box, but there is huge potential for more local businesses to register.

“Once registered, businesses are alerted to local government tender opportunities.”

Council’s Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said developing a capability statement was a key step to businesses submitting tender bids.

“A capability statement is vital to tender bids as the business has to be able to demonstrate capability to deliver the goods and/or services sought,” he said.

“Capability statements are a key requirement in the pre-qualification for government projects and tendering opportunities.

“We have hosted a number of the Department of State Development Infrastructure and Planning Capability Statement Workshops at Council.

“These workshops help local businesses learn what a business capability statement is, why it is important to have one, how to access the latest information on Queensland’s major projects, how to improve your understanding of the major projects supply chain and how to develop your draft business capability statement.

“DSDIP also offers Capability Statement webinars which can be a great help to those not able to physically leave their business.”

For more information about available resources visit the State Government’s Business and Industry portal at http://www.business.qld.gov.au/.

Local businesses that wish to register on LG Tender Box to be alerted to upcoming tender opportunities should visit the LG Tender Box site at https://www.lgtenderbox.com.au.  Registration on LG Tender Box is free.  The registration button is on the home page.

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