Free training for small businesses

Press Release: 26/02/2007

Winchester City Council will offer two free workshops to small businesses in the district to help them bid for public sector contracts.

This follows on from the signing of the Small business friendly concordat earlier this month, a pledge to make contact opportunities accessible to small and medium sized enterprises.

Winchester City Council has contracted Hampshire-based specialist training company, Protégé Management, to deliver the training.

Managing Director of Protégé Management Paul Cooper said: "The Public Sector spends about £150billion each year, of which some £28billion goes to small to medium sized enterprises. The training we provide not only focuses on local opportunities, but shows the potential of bidding nationally and internationally as well.

The Council's Portfolio Holder for Economy and Tourism, Cllr George Beckett, said: "We want to give small businesses in the whole district every opportunity to thrive.

"We are actively demonstrating our support and commitment by sponsoring free specialist training for small businesses to help them understand how they can be a contractor for any public sector body."

The training will be delivered on Wednesday 28 March at The Marwell Hotel, near Winchester, and again on Thursday 29 March. It is free to small companies within the district boundaries.

Any business interested in booking a place should visit www.procurement-training.co.uk or go to the council website, at www.winchester.gov.uk/business. Alternatively contact Kate Crawford, Economic Development Officer on (01962) 848 563.

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