Frequently asked questions

Who can attend?

Any company, however priority for appointments with the purchasing teams will be given to suppliers located within Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford.

How long are the appointments?

Each appointment with a purchasing team is limited to 10 minutes. A bell will ring to signal the beginning and end of each appointment time.

When will I find out when my appointments are?

You will be sent an email by Wednesday 7th November confirming the appointments you have been allocated. You will also receive an Information Pack with your appointment email confirming all the arrangements

Why haven’t I got an appointment with the purchasing teams I requested?

Appointments are only allocated to suppliers who match the purchasing team’s requirements.

Appointments can be oversubscribed. Priority for appointments is given to those suppliers who are from the Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford areas.

If you didn’t get allocated an appointment with the purchasing teams you requested, we have tried to match you with other purchasing teams with available appointments who are looking to procure the goods/services you provide.

Why haven’t I got appointments with all the purchasing teams I requested?

We try to ensure as many suppliers as possible receive appointments, this may result in some suppliers being allocated fewer appointments than requested. If appointments are oversubscribed we try to allocate you appointments with the purchasing teams you prioritised.

Can I still attend if I don’t have any appointments?

Yes, there will be procurement workshops and a number of stands from business support organisations. However, you will not be able to meet with any of the purchasing teams.

Visit the workshops and exhibition displays page for further details including booking information.

I can’t make my appointment, can I rearrange it?

If you find you are no longer able to attend any of your appointments we would be very grateful if you could let us know in order that we can inform the purchasing teams, however we are not able to rearrange appointments.

Do I need to bring anything to my appointment?

You may bring a laptop and there is wireless internet access in the Town hall complex. Please note though you will not have access to projector/screen facilities or an electricity supply.

You may bring any marketing material that you feel appropriate to promote your business.

When should I arrive?

To allow us time to register you and explain the format, please arrive at the Town Hall at least 10 minutes before your first appointment.

Upon arrival please report to the welcome desk where you will be given your Delegates Pack.