BUSINESSES across Middlesbrough have benefited from a free masterclass in the art of bid writing.

The free workshop – hosted by Middlesbrough Council in partnership with the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO), B2B North and the Federation of Small Businesses – was a unique opportunity to undertake specialist training from procurement expert Garry Stone.

The intensive one-day session held at Boho Five was aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as charities and social enterprises.

Businesses were given a fantastic opportunity to develop successful strategies and techniques to improve their success rate in winning new work in their relevant sectors.

Hannah Williams of Boho One-based Logic Architecture added: “It was a great workshop, very beneficial for growing businesses to get involved with bigger projects.

“The full day was interesting and full of great tips to create a successful tender.”

The NEPO Business Club is a partnership initiative between NEPO and B2B

North Ltd funded by NEPO and its Member Authorities in the region.

Stephen Roberts from NEPO said: “The NEPO Business Club workshops and events are very popular and we are delighted that we are able to meet the needs of businesses based in the Tees Valley.

“Tendering is a competitive process and the aim of the Bid Writing Masterclass is to put businesses and organisations in the best position to win public sector frameworks and contracts and grow their business.”

Councillor Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, said: “We have a great business community with real entrepreneurial spirit, but the right insight and advice can still help enterprises develop and move on to the next level.

“Middlesbrough Council is pleased to be able to provide the opportunity for business owners and voluntary agencies to receive this type of expertise to support their business growth.”

  • For more information on the NEPO Business Club, visit the NEPO website at https://www.nepo.org/suppliers/participate

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