How we buy goods and services
For purchases over £5,000 we undertake competition between prospective suppliers.
This can take the form of a request for quotations (for contracts between £5,000 and £100,000 in value) or a full tender process (for contracts of £100,000 in value).
Different approaches can be taken to a tender process, dependant on the type of goods or service required and the contract's value.
For more information on Corporate Procurement you can download the guidance and information documents or contact us on the details provided at the bottom of this page.
We do not maintain lists of suppliers or contractors. For each prospective contract, we decide whether to approach existing or known suppliers directly and/or whether to advertise our requirements (usually in the local/trade/professional press and, increasingly, also on our website – see opportunities for contractors and suppliers on the next page).
We also make use of "framework" agreements negotiated on our behalf by organisations such as ESPO (Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation). Occasionally we will enter into partnership procurements with other local councils, with either ourselves or one of the other authorities acting as a lead authority. In such cases we will usually follow the lead authority’s procurement procedures and rules.
You can download the Council's Contracts Schedule from our downloads page.