Selling to the council
We spend around £25 million a year on goods, services and works providing firms of all sizes with a wide range of commercial opportunities. We seek to buy goods and services offering the best value for money to the tax payer and to purchase in line with legal requirements and government guidance.
We operate on the principle that there should be no barriers and no favours in awarding contracts. We encourage businesses, both within and outside the district, who believe they are qualified to supply the council with goods and services, to engage with us.
Contract standing orders
Contract standing orders (CSOs) are the rules under which we make contracts for goods, services and works under section 135 (1) of the Local Government Act 1972.
CSOs form part of our constitution. CSOs are in Part 3 - Procedure Rules Standing Orders [PDF | 2MB]: go to section F, page 3F – 1.
In most cases we will use competitive procurement processes to identify those tenders which offer the best value for money. We may conduct these processes ourselves, in conjunction with other local authorities, or we may use "framework agreements".
For major projects - such as construction - we may appoint a lead contractor which will be responsible for all related sub-contacts.
If you are considering selling to us, have a look at our contract register. The register lists our current contracts and the most appropriate person in the council to contact about your particular service or product.
If you find that we have already entered into a contract for the items or services you wish to offer, you may consider approaching the existing contractor to offer your services as their supplier or subcontractor.
You can also contact us close to the review date of our existing agreements to be considered for future contracts.
If the contract has been awarded through a framework agreement, you may wish to approach the organisation which set up the agreement.
A framework agreement is a general term for a contract which sets out the terms and conditions under which we may make specific call-off purchases. Usually, framework agreements have been established by qualified third party procurement organisations, such as Crown Commercial Services.
Our officers will be happy to advise on any of the above options. See contact information.
We advertise invitations to tender for works, goods or services through:
- Contracts finder (external website): the government website where you can find information about contracts with government departments and agencies
- the Tenders Electronic Daily (external website): the online supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU)
- the South East Business Portal (external website)
- the local press or in relevant trade journals
In addition, we advertise opportunities on our website: see current contracts and tenders. You can also subscribe to our contracts and tenders newsletter: an e-newsletter notifying you of future opportunities.
We do not have a central approved list of suppliers. Some departments hold their own approved lists.
You can contact the relevant department to submit your details for an approved list. You will find the names of appropriate contacts on the contracts register.
We are committed to working in collaboration with other public bodies to maximise the value we get from our contracts. We are a member of the Bucks Procurement Group, which includes Buckinghamshire County Council and the other district councils within Bucks: Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern and South Bucks. We are also a member of the Thames Valley Procurement Forum which has membership from public bodies across the Thames Valley.