The NEPO Portal is the eTendering system used by NEPO and its Member Authorities to carry out a fair and transparent online procurement process, whilst providing suppliers with easy access to new opportunities. The NEPO Portal enables suppliers to identify and compete for tendering opportunities from NEPO and its Member Authorities.
Suppliers can register free-of-charge on the NEPO Portal in order to enjoy the following benefits:
- Manage and submit bid responses in a secure online environment
- Receive tailored email notifications on opportunities relevant to areas of expertise
- Receive invitations to supplier training and market consultation events
The NEPO Portal also features a Contracts Register which provides a list of contracts that are already in place across Member Authorities. Suppliers can use the Contracts Register to find out when current contracts will end (and therefore anticipate when they might be able to compete for the replacement contract) and identify those suppliers currently supplying the goods or services, which can help to develop sub-contracting leads.
In addition, NEPO maintains a procurement pipeline to give prior warning of future procurement activity so that suppliers can prepare accordingly.
The NEPO Portal features comprehensive online guidance to help suppliers when using the system. In addition, the NEPO Business Club holds free events in the North East to help suppliers navigate the system and discuss any issues. A programme of events for Summer 2017 is currently in development and will be advertised on the NEPO website in the near future.