The council has to follow particular regulations when buying goods, works and services to ensure fair competition, integrity and value for money. These cover how we advertise and tender.
These state that if a contract exceeds the relevant European Union thresholds (works £4,733,252; supplies or services £189,330) we normally have to advertise in the Official Journal of The European Union (OJEU), inviting expressions of interest to tender. There are European Directives that set the timescales we have to follow. These rules aim to ensure open and non-discriminatory competition. You can find out more about the European rules from BIP Solutions website. This website also has other useful information about doing business with the public sector and guidance on how to make the most of opportunities available.
Council Contract Standing Orders
These regulate how we conduct our business and anyone employed by the council must conform to them. They set out the procedures for advertising, evaluating and letting contracts of different value and can be viewed on our Constitution webpage under 4.123.