Supplying the council

Procurement for the council

We spend millions of pounds each year on a wide range of goods and services.

One of the ways we make sure we get value for money for people in Pendle, is to make sure that everything we buy - from pencils to multi-million pound projects - we buy effectively and efficiently.

We are always looking for ways to improve our economy, efficiency and effectiveness. A key aspect of this is to improve the way we work, both corporately and in partnership with others to get the best deal in terms of both cost and quality.

We let a large amount of contracts in many different categories using a number of different suppliers and we monitor all of these contracts until they are completed.

We look at:

  • statutory requirements
  • total contract value
  • contract duration
  • risks
  • complexity
  • contractual relationship, for example, partnering
  • opportunity to improve

If we think formal contract management is required the contract documents list our requirements. They include things like:

  • the number of contract review meetings over a period
  • provision of management information
  • change control procedures
  • escalation procedures
  • evidence of compliance with service level agreements and/or Key Performance Indicators
  • improvement targets

These documents provide useful information about how we procure goods/services and have details of key contacts:

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills website provides a range of information which will help businesses gain an understanding about public procurement and how to bid for public sector contracts.

The GOV.UK website also provides information for businesses tendering for public sector contracts. In addition, we advertise qualifying opportunities on TED (Tenders Electronic Daily)