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Business Development Support for Construction SMEs

  • Assembly Rooms - Hackney Town Hall Mare St London, E8 1EA (map)

Hackney Council is committed to supporting and developing local businesses to grow and win more work.  As part of this commitment, we are working in partnership with  Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and London Enterprise Panel to ensure our construction businesses have the skills and knowledge they need to maximise opportunities.

We realise that many local construction Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME) do not bid for public sector contracts as often they think they are too small or lack the skills, policies and procedures to do so. This event is intended to ensure our construction businesses are able to bid successfully.

The agenda is as follows:

  • 17:30 – 17:50: Contracting with the Public Sector (or Supplying the Public Sector)
  • 17:50- 18:00 E-Procurement
  • 18:00-18:20: Business Development Support
  • 18:20 – 18:30: Q & A’s
  • 18:30-19:30 Refreshments and Networking

Contracting with the Public Sector

The Council buys goods, works and services from a range of suppliers. Contracts vary from small one-off purchases to large works or service contracts. We encourage participation by small, local firms to develop a mixed economy of suppliers.  


The Council is launching a new online procurement approach to enable businesses of all sizes to register/access and bid for our Council business. This is an opportunity to find out how the new system works.

Business Development Support

Keith Lewis, a business support consultant from Montpellier International Consulting Limited has been commissioned by CITB and London LEP and will provide a range of free local development opportunities for our SME construction businesses. Keith Lewis will spend around 20 minutes outlining the support available which includes options for workshops, online learning, webinars and one-to-one support.

There is an opportunity to ask questions in general forum and also during the refreshment/networking time when our team and the speakers will be on hand.

To book your place, email:

For further information please contact Joan Darnley, LB Hackney Procurement Officer on tel.: 020 8356 3368, email:

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