Procurement and community benefits

We are committed to using procurement to contribute to the regeneration of Nottinghamshire.

We will do this by ensuring that where practicable the money we spend on procuring goods, works and services benefits the people, communities and economy of the county.

To realise regeneration benefits through procurement, we will:

  1. support Nottinghamshire-based small to medium enterprises (SMEs) – those with less than 250 employees - to compete fairly and equally for the Council’s business
  2. build community benefit clauses (also called social clauses) into our procurement contracts.#

Support for Nottinghamshire SMEs

We will actively engage with Nottinghamshire suppliers to encourage a diverse, competitive and innovative supply market and the effective use of the supply chain. We will achieve this by:

  • organising training and information sessions for Nottinghamshire SMEs in response to identified needs (please use the feedback form provided)
  • supporting Nottinghamshire SMEs through the modernisation of procurement, for example with e-procurement
  • producing guidance to make our procurement processes open and transparent
  • increasing awareness of forthcoming procurement opportunities by publishing them on our website and advertising opportunities to a wide range of suppliers
  • publishing details of contract awards on our website to give suppliers the chance to become sub-contractors
  • educating procurers about the impact of their buying decisions on the local economy
  • providing feedback to unsuccessful bidders to enable them to address any weaknesses.

We are able to use procurement to help deliver some of our core policy objectives. This means our procurement activities should contribute to the economic, social and environmental well being of the county.

Community benefit clauses

One of the six priorities of the County’s Sustainable Community Strategy 2010-2020 is to create a more prosperous Nottinghamshire; a mixed and vibrant economy, supported by an educated, skilled and flexible workforce and improved infrastructure. This includes business and community benefits

  • helping businesses to start up, grow and flourish
  • making sure that there are enough jobs
  • ensuring people have the right skills and qualifications.

So, for example, a construction contract could include a community benefit clause which requires the employment of young trainees or unemployed people.

Design and specification

If a community benefit clause is relevant to the product or service being procured and helps us deliver our key policy objectives, it can be included in the contract specification.

Selecting suppliers

We want to do business with Nottinghamshire SMEs that provide quality goods, works and services at a cost that provides the best overall value.

We cannot guarantee any supplier future business or discriminate in favour of Nottinghamshire SMEs during any procurement. However, we would like to break down any barriers you may be experiencing in doing business with us. The ways in which we are doing this are listed above.

Evaluating tenders

Community benefit clauses included in the contract specification can be scored as part of the evaluation of a tender.

Contract management and supplier development

We will monitor contracts to ensure that community benefit clauses are implemented and to assess the use of the supply chain.

Sources of help and further information If you would like details of support available for Nottinghamshire businesses see our business support pages. If you have a specific query please complete the feedback form.

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