26 March 2012
Norfolk County Council is to use Twitter to issue contract tenders.
In an attempt to cut red tape and help local business, the council said that with immediate effect, all contract tenders would be tweeted.
It is believed to be one of the first councils to tweet tender opportunities in this way.
The council added that it is to speed up its procurement process by abolishing the need for pre-qualifications questionnaires to be completed for tenders for contracts under £100,000.
The council said that some suppliers are put off tendering by the two-stage process, which requires the pre-questionnaire being completed.
Derrick Murphy, Leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “About forty percent of the County Council's expenditure is already with smaller businesses, and many of our large suppliers also make extensive use of smaller companies in their supply chains.
“Anything that we can do to help local companies to be aware of and apply for our contracts can only help them in the current economic climate.
“The changes to our procurement process and now tweeting tender opportunities are small steps that will help local businesses - many of whom have already welcomed these changes.”
The @NCCContracts address will be promoted to any businesses that are currently amongst the council's 5,500+ corporate Twitter account followers.