Published on Feb 23, 2021

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Did you know the Cessnock City Council is a big customer when it comes to business?!

We love buying locally, and to make doing business easier with Council we have produced a guide to take you through being a supplier.

In an effort to take the confusion out of the procurement process the “Doing Business with Council,” guide gives you all the information you need to know about becoming a supplier of Council.

Council provides a huge range of services to the community, including but not limited to; building roads, bridges, to providing our community with library services or operating the Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre.

Council often needs to engage with external suppliers to ensure we are fulfilling our responsibilities and this guide provides a better understanding of how to do business with Council.  It covers tenders, quotations, safety, risk and environmental management.

Council implemented Vendor Panel and Vendor Panel Marketplace back in 2019 to simplify the procurement process.

Vendor Panel is a secure web based service used by hundreds of organisations including Government departments.

It’s an easy to navigate system that’s entirely FREE for suppliers, with no costs for signing up, receiving notifications or submitting quotes.

How does it work?

Once you’re registered in the VendorPanel Marketplace, you will be eligible to receive request for quotation notifications from Council that relate to the categories your business provides goods and/or services for.

In addition, Marketplace is also designed to boost the local economy and drive business to local suppliers. This means that once registered, you’ll also be eligible to receive opportunities (quotes and tenders) from any organisations that uses VendorPanel to get quotes from suppliers.

More information on registering for Vendorpanel Marketplace, or how to procure across Council service areas, please visit: 

Procurement in local government has a unique set of requirements for both tendering and
quotations. The Doing Business with Council guide has helpful information on the tender process and quotations.

We encourage you to check out the handy checklists on pages 13 and 14. Council looks forward to doing business with you!

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