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Council assists local micro/small businesses to be Tender Ready

Micro/small businesses from across Mid Ulster are reaping the benefits as a result of support delivered through the Council’s Tender Ready Programme.
The Programme is designed to provide expert support to 130 growth-oriented micro and small businesses from across the district. It aims to assist successful applicants in identifying live tender opportunities and provide hands on support in the preparation of tenders, helping them to compete more effectively for public and private sector contracts. The project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth and Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme and Mid Ulster District Council. 
Two businesses which have participated on the programme and are already reaping the rewards are Marquee Electronics and AJ Armstrong & Sons.

Councillor, Christine McFlynn, Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council said:

I wish to congratulate both Marquee Electronics and AJ Armstrong & Sons on their success to date from participation on the Mid Ulster Tender Ready Programme. As we are all aware the Covid-19 pandemic has exerted considerable pressures on our local business community. With the continued drive and determination of our businesses and through the delivery of the suite of ‘Advance’ programmes such as the Tender Ready Programme, support is available to help build our local businesses capacity, sustainability and growth. The achievements to date demonstrate how this programme has effectively developed procurement skills and capacity, and provided the support our businesses need to enhance their drive to succeed.

Marquee Electronics are an award-winning electronics design and consultancy company based in Magherafelt, specialising in new product development of consumer devices. Looking for opportunities for growth, Marquee Electronics was keen to explore how to develop high quality tender documentation and collaborative partnerships.

Mark McKee, Director of Marquee Electronics, said:
“The priority for Marquee Electronics was to expand our customer base and to develop the skills required for sourcing and submitting tender bids. The hands on support provided by Global Education Limited has enabled the development of a collaborative partnership which in turn has resulted in a substantial tender win.  I am now more proficient and confident in my ability to source and submit tender bids. Through the support provided, we were also successful in becoming an Invest NI Client which will provide further opportunities for our business to grow.”
AJ Armstrong & Sons is a family owned business, located in Upperlands, who service and repair all types of JCBs and agriculture machinery. The company applied to the Programme for support to register on relevant tender portals, increase their customer base and to gain hands on support with a live tender submission.

Andrew Armstrong, Director, has acknowledged the support provided from the programme,
“Through the company’s participation on the Programme we have secured tender wins on a scale never attempted before. This has enabled us to retain our current workforce and has created the potential to create additional positions in the future. The skills and expertise, as well as the knowledge that we are compliant and have all the relevant documentation in place will assist us in submitting future tenders and continuing the growth of our business.”

The Mid Ulster Tender Ready Programme is still open for applications. If your business would like to gain more information on the programme contact Janis Simpson-Mahoney (Global Education NI Limited) by telephoning 028 7134 7631.

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