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Our procurement process

On this page you will find information about our procurement process. In particular, you can find out about:

  • practices
  • procedures
  • advertisements
  • conditions of contract

Our procurement practices

Our procurement practices and procedures recognise the principles of 'best value', ensuring the delivery of cost effective and efficient services. All our goods, services and works are procured in an open and transparent manner.

View the criteria we use to find a successful supplier

Our procurement procedures

The value of a contract determines the procedures that we must follow. These include:

  • written quotes
  • full competitive tender exercise
  • a procurement process in line with European Union (EU) procurement directives

We sometimes undertake services of a specialist and demanding nature at very short notice. External stakeholders often dictate these instances. In these circumstances, we source suitable suppliers from existing framework agreements.

The number of individuals or companies invited to tender will vary with the nature of the procurement exercise and the availability of suitably qualified suppliers.

In many cases, due to the vast interest shown by interested parties we will undertake a pre-qualification process.

Advertising of contracts

As well as placing contract notices on our website and Contractsfinder, we advertise all high value contracts that exceed the EU financial thresholds in the supplement of the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

Additionally, we actively seek to advertise contracts through all appropriate and relevant mediums. These may include trade and/or professional journals.

Standard terms and conditions of purchase

Read our standard terms and conditions of purchase (PDF)

These terms apply to all purchases made by us or on our behalf, where it is not explicitly replaced by an alternate set of terms and conditions.

Information for suppliers