Doing business with the public sector — learn at MeetWest

One of the challenges for smaller companies is understanding and navigating public procurement processes.

This year’s MeetWest business networking event includes a workshop and panel discussion which focuses on opportunities for businesses to engage with the public sector. Entitled ‘Building Buyer Relationships with the Public Sector’, the workshop takes place during the two day business conference in Galway Bay Hotel Salthill on November 20-21.

Facilitated by Dr Emer Mulligan, Head of the J.. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway, the workshop will be attended by representatives from the local authorities in Galway, Roscommon and Mayo, the HSE, Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board, NUI Galway and the Office of Government Procurement.

Companies who have successfully tendered and won contracts with the public sector will also be present at the workshop.

Organisers hope that the workshop will encourage small businesses to build alliances to help win business from the Public Sector while also advising businesses on how to ensure they are considered in the procurement process.

Speaking this week, Dr Mulligan said “I hope it will be an informative session for attendees and that they will come away understanding the public sector procurement process and how they can best position themselves and their businesses to win business from the public sector either as a sole applicant or perhaps by taking a partnership approach’.

The session will comprise of a number of short presentations from the public sector organisations present as well as the companies who have successfully tendered with the public sector. These presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

Registration for MeetWest 2014 closes on Thursday November 6.

To register log on to www.meetwest.ie Partners organising MeetWest 2014 are Galway City Council, Galway County Council, Mayo County Council, Roscommon County Council, Galway Local Enterprise Office, Roscommon Local Enterprise Office, Mayo Local Enterprise Office, the Western Development Commission, Enterprise Ireland, IDA and Údarás na Gaeltachta.

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