Local businesses urged to register to be eligible to provide goods, works and services to Council

The City of Greater Bendigo is urging businesses to register their services on VendorPanel in order to compete to provide goods, works or services to Council.

At its September Council meeting, Council voted to require quotations through VendorPanel for any amount over $5,000.

VendorPanel is a centralised online tool for suppliers, which is used by many Councils to seek and receive quotations for work. It is free and simple to register your business.

VendorPanel will host a free online information session on October 20, at 10am to guide businesses on how to request, receive and respond to quotes.

To register for this training session, go to https://vendorpanel.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tjUcV7JpQ2CzQ2R0lHCDpw

Director Corporate Performance Andrew Cooney said the City had started using VendorPanel about 18 months ago, but registration had so far been optional.

“Now it is mandatory for all works above $5,000 to be sought through this system, to improve efficiency and transparency,” Mr Cooney said.

“To ensure your business is considered for contracts, we encourage to register for VendorPanel. 

“There are many other Councils and organisations using VendorPanel Marketplace.  This provides an opportunity to increase your presence in the market and grow your business. 

“The City is committed to supporting local businesses and this new system will help to give suppliers better access to Council.”

As part of its commitment to supporting local business particularly to assist in the COVID-19 recovery, the City has recently amended its procurement policy to provide an increased weighting toward local business.

For more information on how to register your business, please visit:  http://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/Services/Business/Tenders-contracts-suppliers/VendorPanel

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