Rochdale businesses invited to ‘meet the buyer’

Posted by Aahmed on 8 Oct 2018 at 17:02

Local businesses across Rochdale will get the chance to pitch for business with some of the biggest public sector organisations in Greater Manchester at a special ‘meet the buyer’ event next month.

The event will give suppliers the chance to speak directly to buyers from companies including STAR procurement, the shared procurement service for Stockport, Trafford, Tameside and Rochdale Councils, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, Hopwood Hall College and the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group.

The buyers are on the lookout for a number of different goods and services this year, including construction and demolition work, waste management services, estates management and facilities management.

Meet the Buyer matches the goods and services offered by businesses with the current buying requirements of participating purchasing teams, to ensure supplier businesses meet with those companies actively seeking the service they offer, making the ‘pitching’ process more efficient.

The event, which is by appointment only, takes place at Rochdale Town Hall on Thursday 22 November, but businesses who want to get involved will need to register their interest by 5pm on Thursday 18 October.

Councillor John Blundell, cabinet member for regeneration at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “Big organisations like councils have huge buying power and are always looking to keep spend local wherever possible, so this is a great opportunity for small and medium-sized businesses to sell their goods and services on a big stage.”

Other goods and services the organisations are looking for this year include IT services, CCTV installation and maintenance and fire detection and suppression systems.

For more information on Meet the Buyer, including the full list of goods and services requested by the purchasing teams and how you can request appointments, visit: