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NEPO and North East local authorities have used the NEPO Portal to advertise competitive opportunities and manage procurement activity for over twenty years.
In October 2022, NEPO announced that Open will replace the NEPO Portal as THE place to find and compete for tendering opportunities. NEPO will be the first public sector organisation to use Open to run a competitive process. Following a phased implementation in 2023, all North East local authorities will be using Open to buy goods, works and services.
Businesses and VCSEs interested in doing business with NEPO and North East local authorities are encouraged to register on Open at open-uk.org to ensure they receive notification of opportunities relevant to their business, explore the new e-procurement platform and get bid-ready.