Market Engagement Events

Here you will find Information from all the Market Engagement events held between the Commissioners, the VCS & 3rd Sector.


Community Learning Network Event 

I attach the slides from this event, I do not have everyone’s email addresses and I’m happy for you to share widely.

We are also collecting feedback from those who attended, would you be able to share this link with those attended who have not yet responded?

Provider Engagement workshop for providers of Community short breaks

The community short break offer for County Durham is currently out to consultation. In co-production with families we are working to develop a new proposed offer to be delivered from 1st April 2018. Commissioners are keen to work with potential short break providers to inform this development and future service delivery.

We will be holding a provider engagement workshop : • 27th November from 10-12 at County Hall, Durham.

If you would like to attend this session please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Supplier Workshops 

Are you interested in doing business with Durham County Council? Do you want to learn more about the Council’s procurement process? Would you like practical advice on getting shortlisted, bidding for tenders, and navigating the e-tendering system? Durham County Council’s Corporate Procurement team are holding two free workshops aimed at suppliers, and potential suppliers, of goods, works or services to the Council. These events are open to any organisation, including large, medium and small organisations from both private sector and third sector, who may be interested in doing business with the Council. The sessions are delivered directly by our procurement officers – and they are free to attend.

Friday 15th December 2017 – 10.00 am – 4.00 pm or Tuesday 30th January 2018 – 10.00 am – 4.00 pm A buffet lunch will be provided.
Location Both events take place at: Durham Leadership Centre, Enterprise Way, Spennymoor DL16 6YP

Programme -
Of interest to organisations of all sizes, sessions will look at:

 The law and policy background to public procurement
o Recent changes to UK public procurement regulations
o How public sector procurement differs from private sector procurement
o Durham County Council’s approach
o Brexit - what are the implications of Britain’s exit from the EU?

 Getting ready to bid o How to find out about opportunities – the NEPO Portal and Contracts Finder
o Types of bidding organisation – including consortia, partnerships, and special purpose vehicles
o What you might be asked about your financial standing, health & safety compliance, and other common issues
o Dealing with sub-contractors

 Quotation and Tender Procedures o Lower-value Quotations
o Multiple supplier arrangements: Framework Agreements and Dynamic Purchasing Systems
o Selection Questionnaires (SQs) in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015
o The Invitation To Tender (ITT)
o Tips on completing the SQ and ITT – how to write an effective bid
o How quality is evaluated o How prices are evaluated
o Common mistakes – and how to avoid them!

 Sustainable Procurement and Social Value
o Durham County Council’s approach to sustainable procurement
o The Public Services (Social Value) Act
o Responding to innovative business models
o How an organisation can become more sustainable
o Answering sustainability / social value questions in the tender process.

Each of the sessions will include group work activity and discussion aimed at reinforcing your understanding. There will also be a question and answer session at the end of each workshop. How to Register

For further details, and to register, please contact: Katie King – Corporate Procurement Officer T: 03000 264 430 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If emailing to register, please include your name, the name of your company or organisation, and a contact telephone number.

Provider Engagement Event Notes 

The Provider Engagement Event that was held on 18th January was attended by almost 90 providers across a range of specialisms including Housing. The event was very well received with 98.5% of people reporting that they were satisfied with the event.

Discussions on the tables was very positive and will provide the Council with important feedback on how the Market Position Statement should look and how best we should engage with providers in the future.

Please see below some of the feedback from the day:
• Style and format of the document are good
• The MPS provides Strategic Direction for providers
• It needs to be better publicised (through Forums, email groups, Durham Voice etc)
• Headline messages from JSNA could be included (as info graphics)
• Need to ensure that it is forward thinking rather than retrospective
• The planned procurements and reviews section should be updated more frequently
• Should be greater emphasis on partnership working – between the council and all providers – including VCS.
• Should link to the NHS 5 Year Forward Plan.
• Housing Services should be included to reflect the closer working between CAS and Housing Services in line with the Care Act and feedback from the LGA’s Peer Challenge of the Health and Wellbeing system.
• Contact details and the roles of Strategic Managers should be included.
• There should be links to signpost to other key documents and directories e.g. JSNA, JHWS, Locate, Training Info, Procurement Strategy, Housing Strategy

Thank you for your participation in the event.

Kelly Lofthouse
Commissioning Assistant

Children and Adults Services
County Hall

Tel: 03000 267827
Community Learning Partnership Meeting Feedback from the 12th March **Current**
As discussed, please find attached the ‘You Said’ We Did report from the Consultation Event held in May. I think we have now completed as many requests from the consultation as best we can.


You said - We did

VCS Market Engagement Event 

Following the VCS Market Engagement Event held at the Education Development Centre, Spennymoor yesterday, please find attached copies of the presentations given, as well as the Locate video link.

Procurement Slides
The Durham Ask
Supplier Workshop dates Slides

Durham County Market Position Statement

It can be viewed at:

The document brings together key information about the Council’s priorities and helps providers to:
· develop their services to meet local need and demand
· identify opportunities that they may tender for

Providers are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the MPS, particularly the 'Planned Procurements' section which will be reviewed every three months.