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Quotes, Contracts and Tendering

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Something faced by clerks in all councils of any size – going out to tender, or just looking for quotes. It could be street lights, grounds maintenance or a major building project. A well constructed tender and specification can save your council money. 

In recent years, the course has been run successfully as a day course, but has now been adapted for delivery as a 3 module webinar.

Your Society is offering 90 minute webinars over 3 modules hosted by Andy Dyson. The cost for 3 modules is £90 + VAT for SLCC members and £105 + VAT for non-members.

Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm

Module 1: Writing the Tender
Module 2: Evaluation and Award
Module 3: Contract Management

The complete course will provide you with the knowledge to assist with the process of putting out purchases for goods and services to tender. A well constructed tender and specification can save your council money.

Why should you take part?
  • To update your knowledge of the processes involved
  • To discover best practice
  • To learn what others are doing regarding contracting
  • To handle the fact that many services run by local authorities (e.g. grounds maintenance) are being delegated to town and parish councils

Who should take part?

  • Essential for all clerks and responsible financial officers and project managers.

Course Outline:

  • The Legalities - Standing Orders and Financial Regulations
  • How do you find suppliers - advertising, EU Procurement Directives and other regulations
  • Competitive quotes, formal tenders, contracts, specifications - jargon busting!
  • Competition Strategy - selecting the right solution to your goods/service
  • Detailed specifications - Get it right the first time!
  • Tender documents - standard documentation required such as prices, method statements, policies, procedures, health and safety risk assessments and certificates
  • Evaluating the bids - the scoring process
  • Contract Management - making sure it works
  • Other - Bring along your competition issues and questions to a special clinic session


Book your next personal development opportunity now!

Please note - Webinar booking closes at 5pm the day before the webinar is due to take place

The webinar is worth 1 CPD point.


Abut the trainer:

• Andy Dyson has over 25 years’ experience of Training and Social Employment in USA, Germany, and UK
• Public Sector Bid/Tender Management, Disbursement of public funds by grant and public tender.
• Control of PQQ, ITT and Tender assessment on applications from £50,000 upward. Total funds of over 13 million
• Experienced in the post tender contract negotiation phase and subsequent programme management of funding programme benefits delivery
• Proven track record of stakeholder management within the commercial and public sector
• MSP certified, MBA qualified senior manager
• Experience of programme development, from conception to delivery
• Excellent analytic and financial skills including experience of reporting to board structures

Delegate Fees:

If your Clerk attends, subsequent bookings for the same course from members of the council may attend at the member rate.

There is not just value in your investment in attending the training course, but these are also great opportunities to network with like-minded individuals and make new contacts.


Wrong time? Wrong place? Wrong Training?
The Society is always keen to respond to members’ needs for training. If you would like to register an interest in having a particular course delivered via webinar or in your region, please
click here to complete an ‘expression of interest’.

*Joining instructions will be sent to you 3 weeks before the event and your invoice will be sent 5 days after the event. We advise that, on receipt of the joining instructions, you are liable for any fees incurred in order to attend the event.

It is advised you wait until this time before booking your travel arrangements. At a similar time you will be sent a delegate list and joining instructions detailing the venue, parking, trainer and any other details relevant to the course.  It is advised not to book your travel until the course is confirmed and you have received your joining instructions.

Terms and Conditions of booking


If you have any questions, please contact us through our contact form.


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