Selling to the council

We spend around £30 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 and encourage businesses, both within the district and outside it, who believe they are qualified to supply the council with goods and services, to engage with us.

Procurement processes

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 which shows our current contracts. The register includes the most appropriate individual within the council to contact.

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 (which will be provided in the contracts register from January 2015) to be considered at the next opportunity for contract renewal.

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. Such contracts may have been established by a qualified third party procurement organisation, such as Crown Commercial Services.

Our officers will be happy to advise on any of the above options.

Advertising tenders

We may advertise invitations to tender for works, goods or services through:

In addition, we advertise some opportunities on our website: see current contracts and tenders..

Approved suppliers

We do not have a central approved list of suppliers. Some departments hold their own approved lists.

Contact the relevant department to submit your details for an approved list. You will find the names of appropriate contacts on the contracts register.

Collaborative procurement

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.

Procurement strategy