This page helps you to understand how procurement in the Council works and also how to bid for work with us.
You can also find details of the business to business services we provide here.
We are committed to obtaining the maximum benefit for every taxpayer's pound we spend. This means using our resources in the best possible way, and delivering public services at a reasonable cost. To do this, we must make sure that all Council purchasing achieves Value for Money.
Value for Money does not mean that we will always buy the cheapest product or service, but means that we will weigh up both quality and cost when deciding what we buy and from whom. Generally, if we can get Value for Money by doing so, we will buy rather than provide the goods/works/services ourselves.
We follow different processes when we buy goods and services in order to get the best value for money.
Current tender opportunities - ProContract
All our tenders and tender opportunities are advertised on the ProContract system.
We now use E-procurement to buy the vast majority of our goods, works and services rather than a paper based system.
All elements of the transaction from the initial ordering to the invoicing and payment can be carried out electronically via email, fax and web in order to streamline processes and reduce costs.
The system we, and councils across the North East, use to advertise contracts and invite/receive tenders is ProContract. Suppliers need to be registered to receive notification of opportunities and to return a quote or tender. In order to register please use the ProContract Supplier Registration.
In some cases we also advertise in relevant journals/publications. Tenders over the thresholds will additionally be advertised in the Find a Tender Service (FTS).
Our procurement procedures and rules
We have well-established procedures for offering work or buying products and services.
This means we do not usually respond to unsolicited enquiries or applications. The procedures we follow can vary depending on what we are buying as well as its value.
For contracts of over £189,330 where there is no in-house provider or Corporate Contract for what we want to purchase, a competitive tendering process should be followed.
This means asking organisations to submit competitive bids (tenders) to us. By doing this we can ensure that public money is spent in a way that is fair, open, honest and accountable.
For contracts under £189,330 and over £15,000 at least four written quotes will be obtained.
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Stockton Council maintains a register of current contracts.
This information is available to give your organisation an overview of the Council's current Contracts.
This list is updated on a regular basis so please check back for the most up-to-date information.
If you have any queries about the contract register, please contact the Procurement Team by e-mailing [email protected].
View the contract register.
How to use the contract register
Please follow the Accessing the Contract Register guidance to assist you with navigating your way to the contract register.
The Council’s Standard Terms and Conditions
Stockton Council has standard terms & conditions for the purchase of goods, services and consultancy. These do not vary and all organisations doing business with the Council are required to comply with these T&Cs. For some contracts we will also have a set of “Special Terms & Conditions” which are bespoke to the contract and if these are required they will be issued to bidding organisations as part of the pack of tender documents.