RICHMOND Valley Council this week introduced a new e-Procurement process to boost the local economy and drive business to local suppliers.
VendorPanel Marketplace will be used by Council officers when there is no preferred or pre-qualified supplier arrangement in place.
According to General Manager Vaughan Macdonald, Council is trying to make it easier to engage with local suppliers and the open market, giving small to medium enterprises better access to Council opportunities, as well as increase governance and transparency in the quotation process.
Mr Macdonald said this new e-Procurement system was an opportunity for businesses in the open market to have their goods and services seen by Council.
The new system is free for suppliers to register and easy to use.
Mr Macdonald said Council was asking all local traders – be it a café, handyman, painter or cleaning service – to register their business details on VendorPanel Marketplace so Council officers had access to a wide breadth of suppliers they could approach for quotations on upcoming work.
“When Council has the need for any products or services, staff will be able to search, nominate and invite local suppliers registered on the system,” he said.
“In turn, businesses will receive an email notification informing them they have been invited to submit a quote. All they need to do is log in for details and then upload their quotation.
“It’s simple and it’s free.”
Suppliers can register by visiting www.marketplace.vendorpanel.com/ and following the simple five-step process.