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Sinn Féin To Host District Business Info Session in Downpatrick
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SINN Féin are to roll out a business information session in coming weeks to assist local companies with getting onto government procurement lists.

Chris Hazzard MLA who is hosting the event said: “This event session will give local SME’s the confidence, knowledge and practical skills to tender successfully for public sector contracts particularly on a cross-border basis. It will take place on Friday 15 November from 2-4pm in The St Patrick Centre in Downpatrick and I would encourage all local businesses to engage with this excellent initiative.dn_screen

“We will have representatives from all the key agencies including Intertrade Ireland, Invest NI, Central Procurement Directorate & Down District Council, as well as representative bodies such as the Federation of Small Business and the Federation of Master Builders.”

Local Sinn Féin election candidate Naomi Bailie added: “The importance of public procurement contracts to local businesses cannot be understated and it is vital that local firms, particularly smaller ones, are given help and advice on how to tender for public contracts and know what is required of a successful bidder.

“The value of public contracts across Ireland is valued at some €20 billion annually and this is a significant area of potential growth for many Down based firms. The majority of all construction work across the island is being driven and funded by government led schemes and it is important that local business owners have an understanding of how to compete for these contracts, whether they regional, national or international.”

Anyone seeking further information on the session can call Sinn Féin Downpatrick on 02844614405.