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Council makes it easier for smaller firms to bid for contracts

Powys in Mid Wales

A new procurement system, making it easier for contractors to apply for building contracts, has now been completed, the county council has said.

Powys Council’s new Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) is designed to make it easier for small and medium-sized businesses to take on minor construction projects costing between £50,000 to £500,000, with the aim to provide a more accessible and simplified route to tender for works.

So far, 17 contractors have been successful in applying to the DPS, allowing them to receive notifications of exclusive opportunities to bid for works. These may include works within council owned properties including housing and corporate buildings including schools, libraries, leisure centres, care homes, day centres.

Contractors who are interested in applying to the DPS can do so at any time. They will need a SSIP third party Health and Safety registration, be Constructionline registered to a minimum of a Level 2 (Silver) status with relevant work categories and have appropriate levels of insurance.

More information can be found through the Welsh Government Sell2Wales website, or you can contact [email protected] where a member of the team will be able to assist.

Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Transformation, Cllr David Thomas, said: “It’s great to see that the DPS is now up and running and we are delighted to be offering this simplified system to support small to medium-sized businesses to access council building works.

“It’s fantastic to see that 17 businesses have already been approved, and I would urge anyone who is interested in joining to get in touch. Our team will be able to support you in applying or provide you with more information, if required.”

If you wish to find out more about the DPS, or to discuss requirements for lower value works, please email [email protected], or contact:

  • Claire Davies on 01597 827686
  • Garry Leatherland on 01597 826081