Trained to tender thanks to funding from Winchester City Council

Funding from Winchester City Council has enabled forward-thinking businesses to learn about selling to the public sector.

Around 30 local companies benefited from the free training by Hampshire-based Protégé Management Ltd who taught them all they need to know about doing business with councils, government departments, hospitals and other public bodies.

Winchester City Council's Economic Development Officer, Kate Crawford, was delighted with the quality of the training and the excellent feedback she received from participants.

She said: "One of our aims is to encourage local businesses to approach public sector customers by taking some of the mystery out of our procurement processes.  Running these one-day courses has helped companies identify where they can do business with the public sector, and how to make it happen. Businesses were given insight into what could become a significant new marketplace for their products and services."

Delegates came from across the district, including Alison Fullbrook from Right Management in Whiteley. Commenting after the event she said: "The training course was really useful, and the information we were given far exceeded my expectations.  This is the kind of course I would recommend to colleagues both inside my company and outside my industry."

The training course was delivered in line with Winchester's Economic Action Plan, and fits in with the economic prosperity priority of Winchester City Council's Corporate Strategy.

For more information about the council's work with local businesses, contact Kate Crawford, Economic Development Officer on 01962 848563 or email

For further information on Protégé Management, contact Karen Bladen on 023 9265 8353 or email]

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