Our thresholds for quotes and tenders are set out in Contract Standing Orders and are part of the Council’s constitution.
We issue Prior Information Notices (PINs) on the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) where possible to notify suppliers in advance of our intentions. The OJEU will allow you to register for alerts about tenders free of charge.
We often hold a market testing event before tendering to:
We have eliminated pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQs) for tenders under £100,000 and use them sparsely for larger procurements.
We don’t require you to have insurance in order to tender, but if you win the contract, you will need to take relevant insurance out at the level specified.
We will give you feedback for each tender with full details of scores achieved and the reasons for scoring.
Our quotes and tenders are conducted electronically on our tendering website.
Ensure that you:
Never start work without a valid purchase order number: without this, payment may be delayed or withheld.
If you would like to do business with us, you will need to:
You should always:
We try to minimise bureaucracy, but we expect you to run your business competently. You must:
Read our standard terms and conditions. These apply to all purchase orders unless a different set of terms has been issued for that service.
Some of the goods and services we buy are from contracts awarded by other contracting bodies like Crown Commercial Services and ESPO. This can include things such as PPE, IT equipment, office furniture, tyres and electricity. We don’t buy enough of these things to justify running a full tender ourselves so make use of the greater buying power of those buying consortia to get best value for money.