Market Engagement

EA Procurement recognise the importance of market engagement and the added value that it brings. 

Moving forward, EA plan to actively engage with suppliers both formally and informally with a view to achieving greater value for money and exploring innovative solutions.

EA Procurement will proactively seek to engage at the earliest possible stage in the procurement process, in order to:

  • Research and assess what the market has to offer;
  • Engage in open communication to define the upcoming requirements;
  • Define the optimum duration of contracts;
  • Encourage innovative solutions;
  • Openly and transparently explore possible solutions in partnership with the supply base.

EA Procurement have developed a strong partnership with InterTrade Ireland.  This link will assist EA to enhance our presence within the supply base and joint engagement events are currently in the planning stages.

All upcoming EA Market Engagement Events will be advertised within this section of our website.

Within our Procurement Pipeline, the marketplace can view planned procurement activity within EA over the coming years.  The Contracts Awarded section of the website provides details of recent successful suppliers, therefore promoting potential subcontracting opportunities within the market.                 

Pre-Market Engagement Events

Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) Project - Pre-Market Engagement Questionnaire

The Pre-Market Engagement Questionnaire is available via the link below to assist EA in gaining a better understanding of the requirements, capacity of the market and to highlight any possible risk/issues.  The questionnaire is available until Tuesday 10 August 2021.

Commercial Catering Cooking and Holding Equipment

It is the intention of the Education Authority to host pre-market engagement meetings on Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 April 2021 via MS Teams or Zoom for Commercial Catering Cooking and Holding Equipment (namely Boiling Pans, Bain Maries, Hot Cupboards, Heated Trolleys, Hot and Cold Food Display Units and Food Transport Equipment). Should you wish to participate you must email with the subject CAT-20-006 Supplier Event no later than 12.00 on Friday 23 April 2021. Your email should include the names of the representatives wishing to attend, the name of your organisation and a brief summary of the products your organisation is interested in supplying. Appointments will be allocated according to availability after the cut-off date. Please note that the appointments are limited and will be on a first come first served basis. Suppliers will be informed of the final arrangements prior to any pre-market engagement meeting. Please note the date is subject to change and we reserve the right to arrange alternative engagement meetings with suppliers if required.

All future tender documentation will be made available via the eTendersNI website and potential tenderers should register on this website to ensure they have access to the tender documentation when the tender is published.

This pre-market engagement meeting is for information purposes only. Any interest shown does not constitute a commitment to participate in a procurement exercise. Failure to show interest does not restrict providers from participating in any future procurement exercise.

Education Technology Services (ETS Programme) - Market Engagement Update

Please see attached slides which were distributed at the ETS Market Engagement event on 16 April 2021.

Last updated: 05/07/2021