Procurement policies and procedures

Procurement and equality of opportunity

We take equality and diversity seriously and have 'treating people fairly' as one of our core values.

We are committed to meeting the aims of the 'Public Sector Equality Duty' to: 

  • eliminate discrimination 
  • promote equality of opportunity 
  • foster good relations. 

We expect our employees, visitors and partners to respect and comply with government legislation and policies.

Organisations who intend to supply goods or services on our behalf must demonstrate that reasonably practicable steps have been taken to allow equal access and treatment in employment and services for all.

European Union Public Purchasing Directives

The 2014 EU Procurement Directives came into force on 17 April 2014. Suppliers who wish to do business with any public body will find it beneficial to familiarise themselves with the changes and the provisions that are now mandatory for all public sector buyers.

All contracts above the relevant EU threshold must be advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). These are the available to view on the Tenders Electronic Daily (Ted) website.

Financial regulations

Our financial regulations determine how money should be spent. Regulations may apply to individual tenders or contracts.

Our financial regulations state that all contracts estimated to exceed £25,000 must go to tender.

Find out more about our procurement process.

Procurement strategy

Our procurement strategy has been developed to inform you how externally sourced goods, works and services are selected, acquired and managed. These strategies mean that both businesses and local authorities are expected to comply with procedures that will result in better business with all councils.

Register of all council contracts

Our Corporate Contract Register will become the reference point for any member of the public, or businesses wishing to trade with us. it will allow them to find out what and where we buy our goods and services. Typically we are reviewing contracts 12 months before the end date.

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