Selling to the Council

Selling to the Council

When the council is procuring goods and services, the procurement process used will be dependent upon the value and urgency of the goods/services required. The process may be a ‘one off’ order, a quotation exercise or a full blown tender exercise that may include advertising within Europe.

External advertising of procurement opportunities will be placed on the Source Nottinghamshire website or published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Although a number of procurement processes exist, The Council will mainly use the open or restricted tender procedures.

Under the open tender procedure, all suppliers who respond to an advertisement are supplied with tender documentation which they can complete and return if they decide to bid.

The restricted tender procedure has 2 stages. The first stage is where The Council will invite suppliers who have expressed an interest in the contract, to complete a pre-qualification questionnaire. Their response will be evaluated and a shortlist will be prepared. Those suppliers who have been successful in being shortlisted will then go to the next stage of the process – the Invitation to Tender stage.

At this stage the shortlisted suppliers will receive an Invitation to Tender document which they will then complete and return by the date indicated in the documentation.

Information about how to do business with Rushcliffe Borough Council, including links to the council’s Procurement Strategy 2009 - 2012

The rules by which we spend money on goods, services and works, are set out in our Standing Orders for Contracts (see section 4 of The Council's Constitution).

If you would like to know more about how companies can work with us, please take a look at our Selling to the Council guide.