Well over 100 business owners were in attendance at Fitzpatricks Castle Hotel on February 4th to hear Minister Brian Hayes and TenderScout CEO, Tony Corrigan share their thoughts on the opportunities available to SMEs from participating in public sector contracts.
The event, organised and chaired by Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD was a timely reminder that SMEs need to maximise their public tendering engagement and outcomes in the face of increased business pressures.
Mary Mitchell O’Connor, in her keynote address, highlighted the experiences of business in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown district and called for local business to actively pursue opportunities by engaging with buyers and seeking professional help to improve their tender submissions. Minister Hayes outlined the role of the Office of Government Procurement and the policy initiatives being undertaken to ensure both value for money from contracts as well as many SMEs participating as possible.
Tony Corrigan shared his perspectives on the characteristics that are found in successful tenders and illuminated the proceedings with statistics and case studies from TenderScout’s business and in particular the necessity for SMEs to form partnerships and collaborate to be more successful.
Seamus McAuley, Business Development Executive with Technopath brought the audience through the journey that has turned Technopath into an efficient and effective tendering organisation. Finally, Paul McKeever shared some proposed changes to legislation which will impact hop procurement processes are run in the future.