Every year we spend several millions of pounds buying goods, materials, services and works from suppliers. We must make sure we get best value from these contracts, in the interests of local people and to help us deliver excellent services. We give contracts to firms that meet our needs and standards – these can range from small one-off purchases, to multi-million pound contracts lasting several years.
The kind of things we buy include.
- Goods and Supplies
- Audio Visual and IT Equipment
- Cleaning Materials and Equipment
- Energy and Utilities
- Office Furniture
- Stationery, Paper and Computer Consumables
- Vehicles and Plant
- Commercial and Residential Property
- Maintenance and Refurbishment
- Landscaping and Environmental
- CCTV Installations
- Various Consultants
- Advertising and Printing
- Cleaning and Grounds Maintenance
- Financial and Legal
- Information Technology and Telecommunications
- Agency Staff
The way we procure goods, works or services is governed by the Contract Procedure Rules which determine the thresholds for advertising and whether we invite quotations or undertake a tender.
In many cases the Council will use contracts or frameworks which have already been put in place further to advertisement – either by regional or national buying organisations or in collaboration with other councils.
Tendering opportunities may be advertised in one or more of the following:-
- Local press
- The Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) A full list can be found on the OJEU website http://www.ted.europa.eu/TED/main/HomePage.do