Our goal at Local Buy is to connect local suppliers to local buyers. We do this by bridging the legislative hurdles that have previously made it hard for small businesses to work with local governments and big buyers.
After investing significantly into our processes, we now provide suppliers with more opportunities, more support, and a simpler Arrangement structure. Now every business, no matter its size gets a fair go.
Local Buy works in partnership with other Local Government Associations.
These partnerships enable suppliers on nominated arrangements to be engaged by buyers in the Northern Territory and/or Tasmania.
All of the Arrangements supply to QLD, but if you want to know which supply to NT and TAS, you have a couple of options.
Option 2, when tenders are open, a link is live in VendorPanel. Just remember you will only see the link when Arrangements are open in Feb, May, Aug, Nov.
Once you have successfully been appointed to an Arrangement, you become visible to thousands of buyers who can engage through an RFx or come directly to you.
Our buyers include local government, government owned corporations, not for profits, statutory bodies and universities. They all use our Arrangements for great quality local suppliers.
Being appointed to an Arrangement means you meet the buyers commercial, technical and compliance requirements - you will even have a verification statement to prove it.
Our Active Arrangements have revolutionised procurement in Australia. And we are working hard to keep it connecting local businesses to local government work in innovative ways.
Here’s a run down of all the ‘need to know’ stuff.
We have hundreds of buyers across all levels of government. In the last 3 years, our buyers have spent over $1.6 billion in the last three years. And they all want to work with suppliers local to them! From the big smoke, all the way to rural and remote.
This is a huge opportunity for small businesses!
Open tenders are painful for both buyers and businesses. But we’ve got a streamlined process that allows our Arrangements to open every three months. This way businesses don’t need to wait, and our buyers can avoid the headaches and costs associated with setting up tenders.
Working with local government means there are a lot of compliance criteria that needs to be checked thoroughly.
We charge a small annual fee of either $0, $250, or $500 plus GST for this. Check below to understand what category your business falls into.
To show that your business meets the compliance requirements to do business with local government, we provide our suppliers with a verification statement to show your accomplishment. This is a great marketing tool!
Our fully funded procurement ecosystem is used by over 76% of local governments in Queensland, as well as other buyers. This system lets them search for providers by location, allowing better visibility for your business.
To allow Local Buy to keep offering this service to local government and local businesses, we have a small service fee. This is on average 1.5% (this can change slightly depending on the Arrangement) that is payable each month on any work won through a Local Buy Arrangement.
Do you want to do business with local government? Well, obviously!
Find out which Arrangements and Categories your business fits into.
Complete your profile on VendorPanel. This is not your tender submission, but where our buyers will engage you once you are on our Arrangements.
The waiting game...
For compliance, our buyers need highly qualified suppliers. This takes us some time to evaluate the submissions. We will let you know the outcome of your submission in 6-8 weeks.
For all small businesses with less than 20 FTE and under $2m turn over, registered charity, indigenous business (Supply Nation or Black Business Finder), or a registered social enterprise (with Social Traders).
For suppliers already on an Arrangement, the annual fee drops down to $250 per year. There is just one fee, regardless of how many Arrangements you are on. This price is excluding GST.
For suppliers joining an Arrangement for the first time, a one off verification fee will be applicable. This moves to the $250 fee after your first year. This price is excluding GST.
We now have two dedicated resources who will be focused on supporting suppliers. They will be helping current suppliers to maximize the value of being on our Arrangements, while identifying new suppliers and connecting them to opportunities. We know our suppliers need more support, and we’ve made some significant changes to our team to make this happen.
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