West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Mc Aleer calls on West Tyrone firms to tender for NIW contracts

Published: 31 January, 2013

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has called on businesses who wish to bid for NI Water contracts to register for the 'Water Suppliers Day', which will be held in NIW's Training Centre, Antrim on 14th March.

According to the Mr. Mc Aleer, who sits on the Assembly's Regional Development committee: 'This is an excellent opportunity for large and small firms to make contact with NI Water and see what tendering opportunities may be available to them.

'As the only local provider of water services, NI Water with an annual budget of £120 million awarded 119 new contracts to companies in the 2011/12 financial year. I would like to see firms from West Tyrone tendering for this work and getting their 'slice' of the cake.

'Companies who register will get the benefit of a 20 minute slot with a NI Water procurement officer, who will inform them of the services they require. There are a multitude of openings in diverse fields such as vehicle maintenance, web services, photography, facilities management, security, marketing, mechanical and electrical services, legal, sludge management, civil engineering and many more areas of interest.

Mr. Mc Aleer continued 'Many people feel daunted at the prospect of tendering for public work so the 'Water Suppliers Day' will help simplify the process and bring contracts into the reach of smaller local firms.

'In the current austere economic climate this is a wonderful opening for firms to compete for contracts and I strongly encourage people to register as soon as possible. There already has been a high level of interest shown, so the event is limited to 2 attendees per firm and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.'

The 'Water Suppliers Day 'will be held on Thursday 14th March at NIW's Training Centre, 61 Milltown Rd, Antrim , BT41 4NW, commencing at 9:30am. Those interested in attending should pre-register by completing the registration form which is available on www.niwater.com and emailing the completed form to sourcing@niwater.com.