NHS Trusts hold ‘meet the buyer’ event to encourage more suppliers to put in for tenders
Hosted by AGH Solutions, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust are hosting a ‘meet the buyer’ event on the 15th of April 2019, giving local suppliers the opportunity to find out how they can do business with the Trusts.
The event will be held in the Education Centre at Airedale Hospital and invites both large and small suppliers within a 50-mile radius of the Keighley and Bradford area. It is designed to help the businesses discover how they can register to be part of the competitive buying process and for higher price contracts, how they can put in a formal tender.
Additionally, the event will include information on where the Trusts currently buys their goods and services, how they go to competition, payment routes and live demonstrations throughout the day on the tendering process.
There will also be a chance for suppliers to talk one on one with Trust buyers.
The Trusts have said that they are keen to work with local suppliers for different areas of work, including medical consumables and equipment maintenance services.
Oliver Golledge, Deputy Head of Procurement at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, commented: “We want to increase the amount of business we do with local suppliers, doing so supports the local economy and decreases the Trusts carbon footprint. We want to work in partnership by encouraging local suppliers to register on our online quotation tool and to hopefully explain the tendering process for higher value contracts.
“From discussions with local suppliers it has been highlighted that often a lack of clarity around business opportunities and the lack of awareness about the tendering process may well be stopping them from applying for the Trust’s tenders. We’re hoping this event will help to change that.”