Belfast City Council Tendering Support Programme

Tendering and procurement support for Belfast businesses and social enterprises.


Tendering and procurement support for Belfast businesses and social enterprises.

Eligibility criteria:

Belfast City Council offer free support for eligible Belfast-based enterprises that:

  • are small/micro business or social enterprises trading no less than 6 months and employ less than 50 employees 
  • demonstrate the ability to create at least one additional job within 12 months of receiving our support
  • have the potential and commitment to tender for public and private section contracts in the UK
Additional information:

The programme will help your business to:

  • identify sources of information on bid pipelines, and live bid events
  • make the right decisions about which bids to pursue
  • improve your bid content, and ultimately, your bid outcomes

You will develop your skills through a series of tailored workshops, experienced bid specialists will provide mentoring, and you will also benefit from hands-on support on live tenders.

Support includes:

  • tendering diagnostic and action plan to assess your tendering experience and capacity  to win contracts
  • an assessment to find out if you are eligible to join Invest NI’s Tender Alert service and, if eligible, help register your business (costs £100 per business)
  • flexible one-to-one specialist mentoring with an experienced business advisor
  • support to prepare for live tenders
  • opportunity to attend workshops/events including Introduction to Tendering workshops (including one compulsory workshop)
  • support to develop partnership and consortium building with complementary businesses 
  • signposting advice to other sources of support

To register, please complete our business registration form and quote “New Horizons” on your form.  We will contact you to take you through our business diagnostic.   

Support organisation:
  • Belfast City Council
Nora Quigley
028 9027 0736
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