Contracts and procurement

Contracts and procurement

For anyone involved in procuring goods and services, preparing tenders or entering into contracts on behalf of local councils.

This session is an introduction to the basics of procurement for local councils – inviting quotes, producing specifications and tender documentation, achieving competition and value for money, managing contracts.

Event Event date Event Ends Location Notes Registered Available places Register
Contracts and procurement Fri 1 Apr 2022 10:00 Fri 1 Apr 2022 11:30 Online Members £30 0

Registration is now closed

Contracts and procurement Tue 12 Jul 2022 10:00 Tue 12 Jul 2022 11:30 Online Members £30 11 0

Event full.

Contracts and procurement Thu 14 Jul 2022 10:00 Thu 14 Jul 2022 11:30 Online Members £30 5 0

Event full.

Topics include:

• Procurement thresholds
• Basic terminology and steps involved in procurement
• Estimates, quotes and tenders
• Specifications
• Quality and value for money
• Advertising, including Contracts Finder

Session benefits:

By the end of Contracts and Procurement you will:

• Be aware of procurement thresholds
• Recognise when you must advertise on Contracts Finder
• Understand how to produce a specification for what you want
• Understand the basic terminology and steps involved in procurement
• Be able to ensure your procurement achieves value for money


1 CPD Points

Record of attendance at training events is required when applying for the Local Council Awards Scheme


£30.00 per delegate for Member Councils

Non member £60

Help with Delegate’s Fees

WALC will subsidise member councils

Members with a budgeted income up to £15,000 will get half price for all delegates



Any delegate cancellations

must be received in writing 5 days before the event for a full refund of the fee. Substitute delegate(s) may be named at any time up to the event.

Terms and Conditions of Registration

Please read

Full terms and conditions of registration

Steve Parkinson

The Parkinson Partnership LLP

Steve is a former Town Clerk and an accountant with 30 years’ experience in public and voluntary sector finance. He now specialises in delivering training and advice on VAT and finance matters for the local council sector.

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