How to tender for business with us
How to tender for business
Where we advertise
All contracts over £25,000 in value are advertised in the SE Shared Services e-Sourcing portal. This is the main website for all council tenders.
The largest contracts are also advertised through Find a Tender:
For more about our advertising policy, see our section below on the tendering process.
How to contact us
See Contact key procurement staff by category.
Please contact the member of staff listed in the advertisement or visit the SE Shared Services e-sourcing portal.
The tendering process
Companies applying to do business with the Council must follow the appropriate procedure.
The higher the estimated value of the business opportunity, the stricter the procedure. The appropriate procedure is based on the the value of the contract.
Ethical procurement and supplier conduct
Our 'Orbis ethical procurement statement' and 'Code of conduct for suppliers' formalise the standards of ethical behaviour we expect from our suppliers and the Council. These two documents are available on request by emailing our Procurement team.
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Criteria for awarding contracts
We generally award tenders for contracts using a range of evaluation criteria including price and quality. This is known as the ‘most economically advantageous tender’. This allows us to take account of commercial and non-commercial considerations. We make the evaluation criteria available to suppliers so that the award process is completely transparent.
We normally award contracts to a single supplier. If the contract is available to multiple suppliers, we clearly state this in the invitation to quote or tender.