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How to tender for business with us
Where we advertise
All major contracts you can bid for are advertised in the SE Shared Services Esourcing page. This is the main website for all council tenders.
The largest contracts are also advertised throughout the EU:
- Tenders Electronic Daily – supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union
Smaller business opportunities are not necessarily advertised. Companies interested in supplying smaller quantities of goods, services or works should contact the relevant member of staff listed in the contracts register or the approved suppliers lists – see below.
For more about our advertising policy see our section below on the tendering process.
How to contact us
If you have seen a contract advertised or want to become an approved supplier to the Council, please contact the appropriate member of staff as follows:
See Contact key procurement staff by category
- Advertised contracts
Please contact the member of staff listed in the advertisement or visit our E-procurement site.
- Existing contracts
Please see our section current contracts.
- Select Lists- If you require information on select lists please contact the relevant Category Team
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:
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.
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact the procurement team.