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19th May 2010, 2:33pm
Smaller businesses helped to get a foot in the public sector door
Let your business soar The University of Lincoln is hosting a training and information event to help small and medium-sized local businesses learn the secret to selling their services to the public sector.

The free event, organised by The Training in Public Procurement Partnership (a group of local authorities, the NHS, fire and police), will help companies understand what they need to do to stand a better chance of winning lucrative contracts with publicly-funded organisations.

Trades people from a diverse range of companies, from builders to printers and cleaners to recruitment agencies, have registered for the event on Thursday 10 June and there are still places left.

After an opening address by the Bishop of Lincoln, attendees will be able to meet the people in charge of buying for large public organisations, listen to expert advice and attend seminars.

David Redshaw, procurement manager for the University of Lincoln, said: "The public sector in Lincolnshire spends more than 750 million a year on various contracts. We know that the process for awarding these contracts can seem like a daunting prospect that may put smaller businesses off.

"This event aims to give local companies greater confidence in bidding to become suppliers for the biggest organisations in the county."

The event, entitled "Selling to the Public Sector: Meet the Buyers", is being held at the University's picturesque Riseholme campus near Lincoln. To register, telephone Charlotte Robson at the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce on 01522 523333 or email

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