Selling your goods and services to the public sector can be both a daunting yet rewarding prospect.
Selling to Local Authorities and Public Sector bodies
The Chest is the North West's Local Authority Procurement Portal, it has separate web pages for each of the north west’s sub-regions and individual councils as well as other public sector bodies. Cumbria County Council and the six district councils in Cumbria are all on The Chest.
Selling to Eden District Council
We are only a small local authority; however, we are still a relatively large purchaser within the district. This brief guide has been produced so that local businesses are aware of the opportunities available to them.
What do we purchase?
We purchase some £4.7 million pounds worth of revenue items every year. Approximately two thirds of this expenditure relates to contracted services, such as refuse collection, grounds maintenance and leisure management. At present these services are undertaken by Amey and NCL. This contract will run until March 2022.
The main other items of expenditure are.
- Insurance - £88,000
- Consultant's Fees - £272,000
- IT Equipment and Software - £233,000
- Utilities - £143,000
We also enter into a range of contracts for capital works. The total Capital Programme over the next four years is approximately £3.5 million pounds and comprises both building and engineering work.
How do we purchase?
- Orders below £10,000 - the bulk of our day-to-day supplies and services are procured by orders of less than £10,000. The orders are awarded on the basis of competitive quotations (dependent on value).
- Orders over £10,000, but less than £60,000 - a minimum of three competitive quotations are invited. We are committed to placing our opportunities to provide services on The Chest. This is an electronic portal on which suppliers can register free of charge. Registration ensures service providers are automatically notified when suitable opportunities arise.
Procurement over £60,000 - a minimum of four competitive tenders are sought for this level of procurement. Unless impractical, all such tenders will be advertised on The Chest. In some circumstances we also use a Special List where there are a limited number of specialist suppliers for that particular procurement. In other cases we use open tendering. In such a case, a tender invitation will appear in the local press, as well as in the relevant trade journal.