We spend over £25 million each year on supplies, services and works secured through third parties. Contracts can range from small, one-off purchases to multi-million pound service contracts lasting several years.
What we buy
Our most commonly purchased products and services are:
- Treasury management advice
- Cash collection services
- Gas servicing and testing
- Specialist property valuations
- Cleaning services
- Repairs services
- Building contractor fees
- Consultancy services
- Stationery and office supplies
- Energy and fuel
- Vehicles and plant
- Catering equipment
- Catering supplies
- Cleaning materials
- Electrical parts
- Building supplies
- Plumbing supplies
- Major repairs
- Large refurbishments
Our approach to buying
We try to ensure value for money, fairness and integrity in all our transactions. We have a strict set of rules in our Constitution that we abide by, as well as a strategy governing how we approach buying.
Council Constitution, Procurement Standing Orders (PDF 1MB)
Commissioning Procurement Strategy (PDF 1MB)
How we buy
We have well-established procedures for tendering for work or buying products and do not usually respond to unsolicited enquiries or applications.
Goods and supplies
The Corporate Procurement team is responsible for arranging, negotiating and monitoring core corporate contracts and buying products.
High-value construction and engineering contracts are let as either long term, typically for five or more years, or as individual contracts for specific schemes. We use a process of 'approved providers' for such works.
Many of our main services are regularly exposed to competition. For example:
- Refuse collection
- Street cleansing
- Grounds maintenance
- Building cleaning
- Leisure services
- Parking enforcement
- General civil engineering
These high-value contracts typically last for between three and 10 years and have been designed and packaged to allow businesses to bid for the work in a competitive and fair way.
Selling to us
The way that councils purchase their goods and services can sometimes appear to be complex. In order to assist current and future suppliers, the following guidelines have been developed.
Selling to the council guide (PDF 115 KB)
Small and medium entity protocol (PDF 55.4 KB)
All contracts we offer are advertised either locally, in appropriate trade journals, or through the following websites:
We have a wide range of supplies, services and works contracts in force at any one time. The key contracts are identified in our contract register.
Contract register up to 31 March 2017 (PDF 675KB)
Contract register up to 31 March 2017 (CSV 86KB)