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There is a range of methods that we use for buying services, works, and products. The method used will depend on the type of service, work, or product being purchased, the length of the contract, and its value.

For the majority of contracts above £25,000, Nottingham City Council uses an online procurement portal to advertise contracting opportunities; www.eastmidstenders.org. It’s quick, easy, and free to register, and is an excellent way of being kept informed about council tenders.

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Benefits include

  • Quick registration
  • Automatic alerts when new contracts arise
  • Free to use with online help, guidance and technical support line
  • Opportunities and information accessible anywhere

Public money pays for the services, works and products that we purchase therefore; each procurement process aims to achieve value for money, fairness and transparency. It is a requirement of the regulations for contracting authorities to publicise procurement documents electronically.

Local Businesses

We encourage local suppliers to register on the Procurement Portal and take advantage of the opportunities available to provide the Council with the services, works and products required.

Open Contracting Opportunities

We have several lists of approved Providers that deliver services for the Council, new Providers can join the list at any time. To access the relevant documents and submit an application please click one of the links below:

External Frameworks

We also award contracts via external frameworks that have been established by the following organisations, please click the links below for more information:

Category Management

The Council has created a category management approach toward procurement. 

As a result, the purchases we make are category managed under the following groups:


Commissioned Care, Support, Health, Community and Education Services


Construction, highways and major projects


Corporate and Professional Services, Transport and Environment

For more information about how we manage our categories, you can access a detailed breakdown.

Procurement Resources

The Nottingham City Council Procurement Strategy 2018 to 2023 sets out for the supplier market and other stakeholders the aims of the Council that are to be taken forward through our activity over the next five years. It outlines how procurement will use the Council’s spending power to drive our key objectives of citizens at the heart and can be accessed here: Nottingham City Council Procurement Strategy 2018 to 2023

To view our opportunities on our Procurement Plans and view awarded contracts too on our Contracts Register, please access the Open Data Nottingham page here: Open Data Nottingham

We advertise all opportunities and outcomes above the OJEU threshold on Tenders Electronic Daily and all opportunities above £25,000 on Contracts Finder

Our contractors are expected to work in line with our relevant corporate standards, for more information please view the appropriate pages below:

For more information about our initiatives under the Public Services Social Value Act, please refer to the Nottingham City Council Business Charter

For more guidance on Social Value and ways to maximise economic, social and environmental benefits in the delivery of goods, services and works, the 'taking account of social value in the award of central government contract national guidance offers a model and examples which may be helpful for suppliers.

The Nottingham Jobs Hub offers support to suppliers wishing to recruit new staff, develop their workforce and grow their business, more information and contact details can be found on the Nottingham Jobs Hub Page. We also encourage suppliers to engage with relevant local social enterprises as part of their supply chain

For further information, or to get in touch with the Procurement team please email: procurement@nottinghamcity.gov.uk