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Surrey stages event to help firms win council contracts

Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge (right) with Prime Minister David Cameron’s Enterprise Adviser Lord Young and Deputy Leader Peter Martin (left) at 10 Downing Street for the government’s best councils to do business with awards. Click image to download

Businesses are being invited to attend an event to promote a new initiative that has already helped firms win more than £400,000 of public sector work.

Surrey County Council has organised the Woking event to encourage companies to register on BuildSurrey as part of its pledge to ensure 60% of its spending on goods and services is with local businesses.

BuildSurrey helped 18 firms win £401,000 worth of contracts in the first two months after its launch and earned the county council a government award for being one of the top 10 councils nationally to do business with.

The site lets firms pitch for construction and repair work that the county council, its main contractors and other public sector organisations need doing.

Surrey’s free event takes place at the HG Wells Centre on 6 June (4pm-6.30pm). Businesses can register on the site, get advice about winning contracts and find out about work in the pipeline.

Surrey County Council’s Deputy Leader Peter Martin said: “Local businesses are the bedrock of every community, creating jobs and stimulating growth. If they thrive, we all thrive and that is why we have set a goal of making sure 60% of our spending is with Surrey businesses.

“The BuildSurrey website has been an innovative way of helping to achieve this and it has already proved its worth in helping local firms thrive by giving them £400,000 of business in the first two months since its launch so I would urge businesses to attend this event to see how they can benefit.”

To register for the Winning Supply Chain Work event, visit www.buildsurrey.net  and go to the events page or call 01263 735486 for more information.

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