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; It’s quick, easy, and free to register, and it is an excellent way of being kept informed about council tenders
Register Now at EastMidsTenders - Supplier registration (due-north.com)
- Quick registration
- Automatic alerts when new contracts arise
- Free to use with online help, guidance and technical support line
- Opportunities and information accessible anywhere
Nottingham City Council Procurement Guide for Suppliers
Public money pays for the services, works and products 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.
The Procurement Act 2023
The following supplier video guidance has been made available by the Government Commercial Function:
- A video message from Gareth Rhys Williams, Government Chief Commercial Officer, for suppliers
- The Procurement Act 2023: A summary guide for suppliers.
- The Procurement Act 2023: A summary guide for SMEs and VCSEs.
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:
- Residential and Nursing Care Homes
- Day and Evening Services for Adults
- Care Support and Enablement
- Apprentice Training (The DAAP)
- Semi-Independent Living Services 16+ (Accommodation and Support)
- Care at Home for Adults
We also award contracts via external frameworks that have been established by the following organisations, please click the links below for more information:
- Scape Group including EMPA Frameworks
- Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO)
- Crown Commercial Services (CCS)
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.
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:
- Click to Download Nottingham City Council Procurement Strategy 2018 to 2023 PDF
Opportunities on our Procurement Plans and awarded contracts too on our Contracts Register, please access the Open Data Nottingham page here:
Our contractors are expected to work in line with our relevant corporate standards, for more information please view the appropriate pages below:
- Equality and Diversity
- Safeguarding Children
- Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
- Health & Safety
- Modern Slavery
- Data Protection
Initiatives under the Public Services Social Value Act, please refer to the Nottingham City Council Business Charter
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
- Procurement Policy Note 06/20 – taking account of social value in the award of central government contracts - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The Nottingham Jobs Hub offers support to suppliers wishing to recruit new staff, develop their workforce and grow their business,
- Visit Nottingham Jobs Hub WebPage.
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 Nottingham City Council