News & Events

23rd January 2020

Supplier Events (Northumberland County Council): Building & Associated Trades

Northumberland County Council are holding supplier days for their forthcoming contract opportunity for Building & Associated Trades requirements.

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14th January 2020

NEPO Business Club programme launched

The NEPO Business Club programme for January to March 2020 has been launched.

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6th January 2020

Navigating the NEPO Portal: Durham

NEPO is holding free one to one Navigating the Portal Sessions for suppliers in Durham on 8th January 2020.

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2nd January 2020

Supplier Engagement Event: Redcar & Cleveland Extra Care Contract

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council would like to invite suppliers to an Engagement Event to consult on their forthcoming tender opportunity for Extra Care Schemes.

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19th December 2019

Merry Christmas from NEPO

The NEPO team wish you all the best over the festive break.

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17th December 2019

​Could you be FSB's North East Small Business of the Year?

The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2020 are now open for entries.

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16th December 2019

Christmas opening hours

NEPO's office opening times over the festive period

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5th December 2019

NEPO launch procurement process for national building materials solution

NEPO is working in partnership with The Procurement Partnership Ltd (TPPL) to develop a building materials solution for use by the UK public sector.

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3rd December 2019

Job Vacancy (Middlesbrough): Procurement Team Leader

Middlesbrough Council has a vacancy for an experienced and highly driven Procurement Team Leader

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2nd December 2019

Tender Opportunity: Workwear and PPE

South Tyneside, working on behalf of NEPO, has issued an ITT for NEPO419 Workwear, Personal Protection Equipment including Safety Footwear and Specialist Protection Wear.

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27th November 2019

Webinar: Procurement Best Practice for Education Buyers (5 Dec 2019)

Join Bloom for an exclusive webinar exploring procurement best practices in the education sector on Thursday 5th December at 3pm.

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11th November 2019

Local Government Procurement Expo 2019

NEPO is an official supported of the Local Government Procurement Expo (LGPE) 2019, taking place 28 November.

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21st October 2019

Job Vacancy: Procurement Manager

NEPO is seeking a Procurement Manager to support the delivery of a customer focused procurement service and the strategic development and delivery of collaborative procurement for local government in the North East.

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21st October 2019

Navigating the NEPO Portal: North Tyneside

NEPO is holding free one to one Navigating the Portal Sessions for suppliers in North Tyneside 31 Oct 2019.

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19th August 2019

​Navigating the NEPO Portal webinar recording

NEPO has released a recording of a recent webinar held to help suppliers navigate the NEPO Portal e-tendering system.

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15th August 2019

Market Consultation (Darlington Borough Council): Substance Misuse Service

This event is an opportunity to network with all kinds of providers and discuss collaborative opportunities to work together to deliver a new and exciting service specification

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18th July 2019

NEPO Business Club: Successful Tendering (23 July)

Join us at this free NEPO Business Club event (Tuesday 23 July in South Shields) to find out how to compete effectively and find the right way forward for your business.

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9th July 2019

​Market Consultation: Civil Engineering & Infrastructure Works

Sunderland City Council, working on behalf of NEPO, has published a survey to take views from contractors involved in civil engineering and infrastructure works.

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5th July 2019

​NEPO hosts employability workshop for high school students

NEPO welcomed students from St. Cuthbert’s Catholic High School (Newcastle) to its offices to take part in an Employability Workshop.

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3rd July 2019

​Tender Opportunity: NEPO407 Food & General Provisions

NEPO has issued an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for a new solution covering the supply and distribution of food and general provisions.

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25th June 2019

Visit NEPO at the Tees Valley Business Summit

NEPO is attending the Tees Valley Business Summit, taking place on 4 July 2019 at Teesside University.

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19th June 2019

Visit NEPO at the Public Sector Solutions Expo

NEPO is attending the Public Sector Solutions Expo, taking place 25 – 26th June at Excel London.

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5th June 2019

Supplier Webinar: Navigating the NEPO Portal

NEPO is holding a free webinar to help suppliers improve their confidence when using the NEPO Portal.

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23rd May 2019

Market Consultation: Office Supplies

NEPO has invited suppliers help shape a new nationally-available solution for Office Supplies.

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22nd May 2019

​Major regional infrastructure project awarded using NEPO211 Civil Engineering and Infrastructure Framework

Sunderland City Council has awarded Esh Construction a £35M contract to improve the city’s road networks.

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21st May 2019

Tender Opportunity: Supply of Volume Cut Sized Copier Paper and Production/Specialist Paper

Stockton Borough Council working in partnership with NEPO, has issued an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for a new national-available solution for the public sector’s paper requirements.

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8th May 2019

Job Vacancy: Category Specialist

NEPO is seeking a Category Specialist to lead and manage procurement activity for major spend categories or group of categories for the public sector in the North East region and nationally.

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18th April 2019

NEPO seek supplier for Social Care Research and Information Tool

NEPO undertakes regional procurement for a Social Care Research and Information Tool to help the social care workforce deliver quality services.

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15th April 2019

NEPO supplier scoops North East Business Award

We are pleased to announce that Bloom Procurement Services has won the ‘Let’s Grow’ award at the Northumberland & Tyneside North East Business Awards.

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12th April 2019

NEPO recognised in national GO Awards shortlist

NEPO are finalists in the GO Awards 2019.

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11th April 2019

Meet NEPO at Procurex National

Takes place 30 April 2019 at NEC Birmingham

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10th April 2019

Job Vacancy: Intelligence Performance Specialist

Join the NEPO team as Intelligence Performance Specialist. Closing date 11pm Tues 23 April 2019.

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9th April 2019

Job Vacancy: Corporate Specialist

NEPO is seeking a Corporate Specialist to lead and manage the corporate and commercial activity for NEPRO. Closes 16 April 2019.

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31st January 2019

Job Vacancy (Newcastle): Commissioning & Procurement Officer

Newcastle City Council is seeking a Commissioning & Procurement Officer to work in the Trading & Resources Team.

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16th January 2019

Suppliers can update their tendering skills with NEPO Business Club

The NEPO Business Club offers a programme of free events for suppliers interested in improving their public sector tendering skills.

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19th December 2018

NEPO's 2018 Highlights

NEPO would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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12th December 2018

NEPRO Case Study: Bath NES and School Catering Services

Read our case study on how Bath and North East Somerset Council used NEPRO to achieve savings across school catering services whilst retaining quality

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3rd December 2018

NEPO Office Hours -Christmas 2018

Details of NEPO's office hours.over Christmas

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8th November 2018

CIPS event: Game Theory (13 Nov. Newcastle)

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) are holding a free event on Game Theory and how it can apply to your commercial activities.

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6th November 2018

Job Vacancy: Systems Integration Project (SIP) Manager

NEPO is seeking a SIP Manager to finalise the strategic direction for the Systems Integration Project (SIP), oversee the project, and implement the new system.

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29th October 2018

Procuring Innovation

South Tyneside Council are seeking innovative suppliers to support the creation and delivery of efficient alternative solutions taking into consideration the use of technology.

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1st October 2018

NEPO's system to streamline core procurement activity

NEPO and its Member Authorities have kickstarted an ambitious project to streamline core procurement activity undertaken by NEPO and its Member Authorities.

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19th September 2018

Accessing public sector contracts if there’s no Brexit deal

Government has published a series of technical notices to help suppliers understand what they need to do in a ‘no deal’ scenario, so they can make informed plans and preparations.

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11th September 2018

​NEPO awards £120M contract for Temporary Agency Staff to GRI

NEPO has appointed GRI to deliver a vendor neutral managed service for temporary agency staff. The solution will be available for use by the wider public sector.

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10th September 2018

Market Consultation Event: Social Care Research and Information Tool

A market consultation event will be held in Newcastle on 19 Sept 2018 in preparation for the procurement of an online research and information tool for Social Care professionals.

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6th September 2018

​NEPO and TPPL launch solution for Grounds Maintenance Equipment & Plant

NEPO's solution for Grounds Maintenance Equipment & Plant has been procured in partnership with TPPL and covers an extensive range of equipment.

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4th September 2018

Nexus plan supplier event for Metro fleet replacement programme

On Monday 8 October the North East LEP, in partnership with Nexus, has arranged a special event for local suppliers to meet the prime contractors bidding for these contracts

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9th August 2018

Job Vacancy (Durham): Strategic Account Manager (Schools & Academies)

Durham County Council are seeking a Strategic Account Manager to work with schools and academies.

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23rd July 2018

NEPO can meet your Construction Consultancy requirements

Read about how NEPO can help public sector buying organisations appoint consultancy services for their construction projects.

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18th July 2018

Job Vacancy: Regional Procurement Officer (Closes 26/7/18)

Come and join the NEPO team as a Regional Procurement Officer.

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14th June 2018

​NEPO’s approach to measuring Social Value

NEPO and its Member Authorities are piloting a new approach to measuring social value in their procurement processes.

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14th June 2018

Market Consultation Event: Training Providers

A market consultation event will take place on 2 July 2018 in preparation for the procurement of a regional Solution for Training Providers.

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6th June 2018

Job Vacancy: Regional Procurement Officer (Closes 20//06/18)

NEPO is seeking a Regional Procurement Officer to work within the Energy Category Team.

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1st May 2018

Job Vacancy: Regional Category Specialist

NEPO is seeking a Regional Category Specialist to lead the delivery of the Energy category.

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25th April 2018

NEPO Highly Commended in the category of “Procurement Team of the Year” at the National GO Awards

NEPO has been Highly Commended in the category of “Procurement Team of the Year” at the National GO Awards held on 24 April 2018.

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24th April 2018

Job Vacancy (Middlesbrough Council): Children's Commissioning Officer

Middlesbrough's Commissioning & Procurement team requires an experienced Children’s Commissioning Officer who will work in partnership with Children’s Services in order to drive and achieve the belief in families vision.

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13th February 2018

Job Vacancy: Regional Procurement Officer

NEPO is seeking a full-time Regional Procurement Officer (£21,268 - £23,398), on a fixed term basis to 30 June 2018.

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9th January 2018

NEPO Job Vacancy: Regional Category Specialist

NEPO is seeking a suitably qualified procurement professional to join our Newcastle-based team as Regional Category Specialist.

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1st January 2018

Happy New Year!

A summary of upcoming activity for NEPO over 2018.

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1st January 2018

Updates to the NEPO Portal (January 2018)

A summary of recent updates to the NEPO Portal

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20th December 2017

NEPO Office Hours - Christmas 2017

Please note that our office will be closed from 13.00 Friday 22 December, reopening at 8.30 on Tuesday 2 January.

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17th December 2017

Merry Christmas from NEPO

NEPO would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2018.

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16th November 2017

TPPL & NEPO HGV and Specialist Vehicles Solution

NEPO has launched a nationally available solution for HGV and Specialist Vehicles.The solution was procured in partnership with The Procurement Partnership Limited (TPPL)

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9th November 2017

NEPO shortlisted for LGC 2018 Award

NEPO’s innovative approach to procuring specialist professional services has been shortlisted for a prestigious LGC 2018 Award.

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19th October 2017

Market Consultation: A critical part of NEPO's approach

Market consultation is a critical part of NEPO’s approach to procurement and can lead to the delivery of cost-effective, innovative solutions that offer maximum benefits.

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27th September 2017

Market Consultation event for Traffic Management Services

Market engagement event (5 Oct 2017) to inform and consult with suppliers interested in bidding for Traffic Management Services.

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27th September 2017

Using insurance to gain insights into your cyber risks

A free webinar for public sector organisations taking place Tuesday 3 October at 10.00

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7th September 2017

NEPO’s solution for Milk & Dairy Products set to deliver social value benefits

NEPO has awarded a regional solution for the provision of milk and dairy products.

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6th September 2017

Local Government Procurement Expo 2017

NEPO is delighted to once again support the Local Government Procurement Expo 2017 (22 Nov, London) as official event partner.

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21st August 2017

Job Vacancies (Stockton Council): Procurement Officers

Stockton Council has two new job opportunities for Procurement Officers. Closing date 10 September 2017.

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21st August 2017

Job Vacancy (Stockton Council): Contract Management Officer

Stockton Council has a vacancy for a Contract Management Officer. Closing date 10 September 2017.

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3rd August 2017

​NEPO Welcomes its 300th Associate Member

NEPO has welcomed National Savings & Investments (NS&I) as its 300th Associate Member.

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19th May 2017

NEPO Job Vacancies: Procurement Officers x 2

NEPO has two job vacancies for Regional Procurement Officers (1 x Energy, 1 x Construction). Both are full-time positions and the successful candidates will be based at NEPO's offices on Newcastle's quayside.

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27th April 2017

NEPO Job Vacancy: Team Administrator

NEPO is recruiting for the position of Team Administrator (fixed term until 31 March 2018).

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21st March 2017

NEPO Job Vacancies: Regional Procurement Officers x 2

NEPO has advertised two vacancies for the position of Regional Procurement Officer (one fixed term and one permanent position).

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21st February 2017

Market Consultation Event: Building Construction Works

NEPO is holding a market engagement event on 6 March (Newcastle) to consult with construction contractors in preparation for the renewal of the Building Construction Works Framework.

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15th February 2017

NEPO: GO Awards Finalists 2017

We are delighted to announce that NEPO has been shortlisted for four GO Awards.

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17th January 2017

The NEPO Contracts Register can help your business grow

The NEPO Contracts Register is a free tool that provides information on contracts that can help your business identify subcontracting opportunities and plan resources for tendering.

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14th December 2016

NEPO Case Study: Liquid Fuels

Read about how NEPO procured a regional solution for the supply of Liquid Fuels (such as petrol, diesel, gas oil and kerosene) with estimated savings of £250K over 4 years.

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29th November 2016

Durham Council: Vacancy for Strategic Procurement Officer

Durham County Council have a vacancy for a Strategic Procurement Officer.

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22nd November 2016

NEPO 40th Anniversary Awards

As part of its 40th Anniversary celebrations held in November 2016, NEPO presented a number of colleagues with awards to recognise their contribution to collaborative procurement in the region.

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10th November 2016

NEPO Celebrates 40th Anniversary

NEPO has marked its 40th anniversary with an awards ceremony to celebrate its contribution to local government procurement in the region.

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19th October 2016

Insurance Services II Customer Insight Day

Taking place Tuesday 8 November in London.

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6th October 2016

Professional Services & Consultancy Event (Thursday 20 October 2016, Sunderland)

Taking place 20 October 2016. A networking event for consultants to discover the benefits of working with NEPRO, our neutral vender professional service provider.

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15th September 2016

Insurance Services II Customer Insight Day (Manchester)

Taking place 10am to 1.30pm on Friday 14 October 2016 at Aon offices, 40 Spring Garden, Manchester. An event for public sector buyers to learn about Insurance Service Framework (ref RM3731).

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