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Win win for Councils and small businesses thanks to new local procurement pilot

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There’s good news for NSW small businesses vying for valuable council contracts and local Councils who want to see their tenders land in local hands.  

In September, a new State Government pilot program called the Local Procurement program was launched at the 2019 Local Government NSW conference held at Warwick Farm. It was designed to increase direct contact between small businesses and councils by cutting red tape and simplifying the tender process. 

Now small businesses who were unable to compete with larger competitors for council tenders, have a real shot at securing them.

Minister for Small Business Damien Tudehope said the six-month pilot is a great opportunity for local businesses to tender for local government work and boost local economies.

“A toolkit has been developed to help small businesses win council contracts, while providing tips to local councils on how they can become more small business friendly,” Mr Tudehope said.

The pilot follows recent changes to the Local Government Act 1993 by the NSW Government to increase the threshold for tenders from $150,000 to $250,000. This has allowed councils to engage businesses directly without a tender process. 

The Local Procurement program is part of the Government’s Making Business Easier (MBE) initiative.  

Learn more about the local procurement program.