TRADERS will now find it easier than ever before to do business with Stroud District Council.

The council has joined a web-based portal which allows companies to view all opportunities to supply it with goods, works or services.

Companies only need to register once and they can choose which councils they are interested in supplying.

Automatic alerts will let them know when opportunities are being advertised.

Unlike some similar sites, registration is completely free and companies can update their details and interest as needed.

Cllr Geoff Wheeler, Stroud District Council’s leader, said it was a huge opportunity for local businesses.

“We alone spend £5 million a year on contracts under £50,000,” he said.

“The Portal makes it easy to find out what contracts we have – and they only have to register once.

“Companies no longer need to send us unsolicited mail or produce expensive sales literature. It also makes the process very equal and open.”

Supplying the South West Procurement Portal can be found at