Local business support in response to Covid-19


STAR continuously reviews the way in which we approach the market and undertake competitions for our Partners and Clients. Wherever possible, we aim to ensure that these opportunities are made available to companies local to each Partner borough and to the wider supply market across Greater Manchester.

  1. Risk-Based Sourcing

    Continue with simplified quotes targeted at local businesses, SME's & VCSE's (Below OJEU)

  2. Market Engagement

    Use technology to continue to engage with the market 'virtually' before procurement begins

  3. Communications

    Useful information for suppliers provided via our website. Tender opportunities advertised via The Chest & Twitter

  4. 'Meet the Buyer' Event

    Virtual event held in November 2020, with over 25 workshops and briefings.

  5. Flexible Approach

    New procurement approaches to allow for cost fluctuations and extended timescales

  6. Forward 'Pipeline' Planning

    Continue to advertise upcoming activity to provide opportunities & support stability for the market

  7. Social Value in Current Contracts

    Opportunity for existing suppliers to adopt new COVID-related Social Value measures

  8. Social Value in New Contracts

    Suppliers can select to deliver COVID-related Social Value measures and/or current TOMs measures

  9. Showcase Suppliers

    Showcase suppliers who have supported the public sector with COVID-related requirements

  10. Post-COVID Requirements

    Planning for what the public sector will need now and once restrictions begin to be lifted and how these can be sourced locally

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Market Engagement Pledge

STAR Procurement is committed to market engagement and will continue to research and understand what is available locally and within Greater Manchester (GM).

STAR Procurement will engage with the local and GM market through its ‘Go Local’ work stream, focussing on future contract opportunities.

STAR Procurement will encourage and enable its commissioners to deliver local opportunities and understand how the local market can reciprocate. 


Are you interested in contracting with the STAR Councils?

We have developed an engagement plan for each of our three category areas of spend, which we update on a regular basis. 

The category engagement plans are being delivered through targeted engagement events and training for businesses that will support future opportunities for each of our Partners.

Details of specific events and how to book on them will be posted on our website, and promoted through our Twitter account @STARProcurement

STAR Procurement also supports its Councils by hosting a joint Meet the Buyer event, roughly every 18 months. The last event was held virtually in November 2020.

If you want to know more about Local Investment, please contact the Category Manager at STAR Procurement that is responsible for your area of business. STAR Procurement has seven Category Managers and their contact information is available on the Contract Us page.


Tell us about your company

Are you a supplier, particularly one based in Greater Manchester that is interested in delivering supplies, services or works to one of our councils or partner organisations?  If 'Yes' please complete our Supplier Company Information Form, we will add your information to our database and use it to alert you to tender opportunities, market engagement events and general training support that we offer.