I attended the Procurement Event held on the 13th July 2017 by Wirral Council’s Commissioning Support Unit and would like to share some interesting points that came out of the presentation and subsequent discussion.
The presentation gave some context and background, as well as highlighting some features around communicating with the team.
- For technical support – contact the website managers who are Proactis.
- There is a help function on the website.
- There is a messages function on the website and the Wirral team aim to respond within 48 hours.
- You can sign up for notifications of tenders by category.
- There is an information board you can look at.
Some additional tips were offered.
Completing your vendor profile is useful and only has to be done once. You should use a generic email if possible, in case someone from the organisation leaves, but you can have up to 99 profiles (people) on the system. New suppliers must complete a new supplier form (or update with any changes)
Amendments can be made right up until the tender deadline however they advise against leaving uploading and submitting to the last minute due to the system not being able to cope with an onslaught of last minute applications.
You can see winning contracts by looking at the contracts register on the chest. It is worth contacting winning providers to see if you are able to offer your services to them, so that they can fulfil their contract to the council.
Working in partnership? You must have a lead contractor to submit the tender.
SME and voluntary sector are paid within 10 days.
Wirral Council did also add:
They always inform unsuccessful tenders and also offer a debrief.
The useful websites are: