The estimated value of a contract will determine the quotation/tender procedure the council follows, including:
- how many quotations/tenders we need to invite
- how we advertise
- what checks we make.
This is set out in the table below.
For low value contracts the council does not need to seek tenders and can award a contract on the basis of value for money.
For larger value contracts, the council must be satisfied with the competence of the selected contractor, and will carry out an evaluation of their financial standing.
Minimum number of quotations/tenderers
|Do we advertise the contract?|
|£0 to £9,999||Single verbal or written quotation, or use suitable framework agreement||No|
|£10,000 to £74,999||Three written quotations, or use suitable framework agreement||No|
|Works Contracts £75,000 to £4,733,252
Supplies and Services Contracts £75,000 to £189,330
|Use suitable framework agreement or 'open tender'||Required|
|Above UK Threshold (thresholds effective from 1 January 2020):
Works Contracts - £4,733,252
Supplies Contracts - £189,330
Services Contracts - £189,330
Light Touch Contracts - £663,540
|As per UK procedures||As per UK procedures|