17 October 2002
Businesses run by ethnic minorities are being targeted by councils in the West Midlands in a bid to widen their supply base.
The Black Country Purchasing Consortium - which buys for Walsall, Dudley and Sandwell metropolitan borough councils plus Wolverhampton City Council - staged a meeting with 300 black and Asian businesspeople in October to "demystify" the tendering process.
It is concerned at the lack of bids from these businesses.
Jonathan Jones, group manager for procurement services at Wolverhampton council, said: "We want to help them to understand the tendering process so that they have a stronger chance of winning business."