Local Council Buying Procedures


“Local Council Buying Procedures”

Date: Friday 23 June 2017
Time: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm
Location: Signal Centre, Balloo Road, Bangor, BT19 7PD
Cost: FREE

Come along to the Connect@SIGNAL networking session and join us for complimentary scones, coffee and a chat with your fellow entrepreneurs and business leaders.

This month’s Connect@SIGNAL will help you discover the crucial approaches to tendering and winning local public sector contracts. 
Debbie Bolton, Procurement Manager for Ards and North Down Borough Council will provide a practical and informative module covering the following areas:

  •  How to Identify Local Opportunities
  • Local Authority Procurement Procedures
  • Key Skills needed by SMEs to win tenders

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about your local authority procurement procedures and gain an insight  into the skills and knowledge required to succeed in improving sales through the tendering process. 
Places are strictly limited for this session therefore early booking is recommended, please register by clicking the Register Now button below.

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The Watering Dead

Some of you may be aware of a programme called the walking dead, I have tried it but it’s not for me. 

Perhaps on a similar vein we could have a programme called The Watering Dead in honour of the planters in Bangor Town Centre. It seems that the concept that plants might need a regime of watering has escaped the local council parks department.

Not only is the result an eyesore it is another extravagant waste of money. Next thing we know they will be used as ashtrays.

The Green Jihad Continues

Yet again another box arrives, fine for those liberal green lefties in their executive mansions who have the space for the never ending assortment of sorting. Is there not a case that with Brexit we do not have to slavishly follow the Green agenda at continuing cost and expense to ourselves as ratepayers, the level of staffing needed to monitor and conjure up new schemes must now be a substantial burden on us all.

As a neighbour put it “we will all need a degree in recycling” having read the latest accompanying dictate from Council, its hard to disagree!

I suppose, like with motoring, Council will see a future profitability in punitive fines for those who disobey.

Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky,
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

Flower Beds without Flowers

Dandelions and daisies, is this what our hard earned rates justify?

Some time ago NDBC had taken to providing displays composed with painted grass. My view was that a flower bed should have flowers illustrating the particular organisation being represented at the time. That battle was won but now this particular prominent display area beside the post office fails to live up to expectations.

Many organisations are advertised on the adjoining post office wall, if AND Council cannot provide a fitting display perhaps it should be removed and replaced with a permanent video feed type display.

As it stands the current offering provides a poor welcome to residents and visitors alike entering the town at Main Street.