AN entirely new and free procurement system has been launched to help local suppliers win contracts with Council for works and services. VendorPanel Marketplace allows suppliers to have a fair go at winning Council jobs.
In an effort to increase the amount of opportunities and spend in the local economy, this new procurement platform uses geolocation to make it easy for staff to identify local suppliers and invite them to submit quotes and proposals for Council’s projects and works.
Once registered, suppliers will receive invitations to quote on work across all Council operations, from building products, to transportation and freight. The platform manages all communication between Council and suppliers, reducing administration, saving time, and ensuring procurement best practice is followed.
Mayor Ramon Jayo said that Council was aware of concerns regarding the non friendly nature of the previous procurement platform amongst local traders and has acted to address the concerns.
“The new system will provide a more user-friendly approach to engage with suppliers and carry out contract management.
“One of the new Nex Gen Procurement Ecosystem features is the improved reporting capabilities and analytics, which will assist the Procurement Team in monitoring economic impacts occurring as a result of works being undertaken in the region,” he said.
The economic benefits in other regional areas using VendorPanel Marketplace have been remarkable.
An audited case study of 26 Councils using the platform found that in 84.4% of cases, jobs were awarded to local suppliers.
James Leathem, Founder and CEO of VendorPanel commented, “Procurement spend has always supported the economic health of Australian communities. By connecting buyers with local capability, we are making it easier for organisations to leverage their procurement spend to help local economies adapt and rebound”.
Local businesses are encouraged to register via Council’s website, E-Procurement Portal page by 5.00pm Thursday 30 June 2022.
Please note, that Tenderlink will no longer be available after this date.
Should you require any further information, please contact Council’s Procurement Services on 4776 4665.