Working with us
We buy a large variety of goods and services from our suppliers. To ensure that we always provide the best value for money for our customers we carry out an appropriate process:
- Our teams request quotes from suppliers and compare costs for smaller purchases
- Formal tender processes are used for larger expense purchases
- As appropriate we work with others in the industry to purchase together through groups such as Procurement for Housing (PfH), Northern Housing Consortium – Consortium Procurement, Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO) and Crown Commercial Service (CCS).
- We are defined as a Contracting Authority under the Public Contract Regulations and are therefore subject to UK and EU public procurement legislation, which sets out particular rules governing how we must carry out our procurement work. Under these regulations, we will openly advertise any larger tender opportunities across the UK and the rest of Europe through the EU OJEU, Contracts Finder and a number of other websites.
We typically spend £77 million each year on a broad range of goods and services from advertising and office products, IT equipment and service support through to vehicles and buildings. These are sourced from suppliers large and small, local and national, private sector, third sector and public sector that help us to deliver exceptional quality and value.