Procurement Partnership delivering the Eurovision Village
The Eurovision Village at the Pier Head will be the main hub for fans and residents to soak up the celebratory atmosphere of the contest in May.
Whilst it’s been brilliantly led by the City Council’s Culture Liverpool team; they have been working in close partnership with the Council’s Commercial Procurement Unit (CPU) to source all the goods and services to make it a memorable occasion.
The CPU have completed more than 20 procurement projects to source everything that is needed from toilets, to staging and, of course, the bar!
Working together for a number of years, the CPU and Culture Liverpool have delivered on the procurement of a number of large-scale events including Giants Spectacular, River of Light and World Gymnastics.
Liverpool City Council’s Commercial Manager Susan Finnegan said:
“Organising major international events of scale and ambition is challenging at the best of times. Eurovision is something else entirely! It’s as complex as it gets, and when faced with a small delivery window, you need support beyond the business-as-usual.
“The CPU team have been there every step of the way, holding our hands, ready to take urgent calls outside normal hours. We are incredibly grateful and lucky to have them as part of the Culture family.“
The Council’s CPU Business Partner for Culture, Greg Nixon told us:
“We’ve worked with Culture Liverpool over a number of years to fulfil all their weird and wonderful requests when it comes to hosting events! Eurovision has been one of the most challenging ever, especially given the short window from being announced as the host city to delivering an event of this scale. It will be fantastic to see the hard work come to life.”
Some of the commitments made by successful suppliers include the City Welcome and Wayfinding supplier, substituting single use bubble wrap packaging for fully recyclable cardboard sheets for the event graphics and pledging that all graphic elements will be recycled, or re-purposed after the event, as well as donated to a number of local community projects.
It’s a real demonstration of the value of working closely in partnership with CPU early in the process, to deliver great resident experiences, achieve best value, and benefit the whole of the city.