Brisbane City Council helps businesses to access its procurement experts

11 August 2015

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has welcomed Brisbane City Council’s plans for a new policy to help businesses gain access to its procurement experts.

Its Innovative Proposals Policy is aimed at making it easier for businesses to submit unsolicited business ideas to the council. The CCIQ said the policy would enable businesses with an idea to access procurement specialists at the Brisbane City Council to assess, develop and implement a service of benefit to council and Brisbane residents.

CCIQ chief executive Stephen Tait said that one of the biggest challenges facing businesses looking to commercialise ideas was securing contracts.

“The benefits will be significant as businesses are able to access council experts who will help them ascertain how their idea could assist council, before providing extra advice and support to help the business to navigate the procurement process and if successful to roll their idea out as a commercial service for council,” he said.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, who proposed the policy changes to the council, said interest from the business community wanting to pursue innovative solutions and services with the council was growing.

He said: “Currently there are not set guidelines for dealing with tenders classified within the ‘innovative’ category and this proposal will give businesses more clarity as to how their ideas will be considered and what they will be assessed on.”

Quirk said the change in process would also allow businesses to work with the council without risking the release of intellectual property.

“The key to a successful engagement process will be consistency and certainty with assessment, which is why a guide will also be developed to reflect the Innovative Proposals Policy and provide direction to entities wanting to submit an innovative proposal,” he said.

“We want to ensure the council is leading the charge in cementing Brisbane’s growing reputation as a progressive destination and this proposal demonstrates to the most innovative organisations that we are open for business.”

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