We spend around £4 million a year on goods, services and works providing firms of all sizes with a wide range of commercial opportunities. We seek to buy goods and services offering the best value for money to the tax payer and to purchase in line with legal requirements and government guidance.
We operate on the principle that there should be no barriers and no favours in awarding contracts and encourage businesses, both within the district and outside it, who believe they are qualified to supply the council with goods and services, to engage with us.
In most cases we will use competitive procurement processes to identify those tenders which offer the best value for money. We may conduct these processes ourselves, in conjunction with other local authorities, or we may use "framework agreements". The council has produced a guide to help suppliers understand how the council procures goods and services.
If you are considering selling to us, have a look at our Contract Register which shows our current contracts as of April 2018.
You can also contact us close to the review date to be considered at the next opportunity for contract renewal.
We may advertise invitations to tender for works, goods or services through a variety of media including, but not limited to, the following:
The Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU)
the local press or in relevant trade journals
In addition, we advertise some opportunities on our website: see Contract Notices and Invitation to Tender pages.
We do not have a central approved list of suppliers. Some departments hold their own approved lists.
Contact the relevant department to submit your details for an approved list. You will find the names of appropriate contacts on the contracts register.